November 2, 2022
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NFT Utility: Asset NFTs explained (with examples)

They are NFTs that give their owners privileges, rights, or rewards that they would not otherwise be able to obtain.

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Vicky Petrova

NFTs with utility use cases go beyond just being one-of-a-kind digital assets. The easiest way to comprehend utility NFTs is through an example of the benefits that come from ownership of NFTs with utility. They are NFTs that give their owners privileges, rights, or rewards that they would not otherwise be able to obtain. You may hand out 800 paper tickets for a show with 800 available spots. Since each paper ticket will have a unique ticket number, they are all non-fungible. However, every individual paper ticket grants the same benefit. In this instance, the utility is admission to the concert. 


Asset ownership with the advent of NFTs 


Physical and digital asset ownership has long been challenging to trace. It's frequently a mess because there could be multiple claims of ownership. Using NFTs, however, changes that because they are immutable and decentralized. A person can demonstrate that he or she is the rightful owner of something (a photograph, a song, or a video), as well as having been the first to do so. Additionally, a person can demonstrate that someone is attempting to claim ownership of his or her work. This kind of tracking is possible for anything with a value. Depending on how valuable the NFT's contents are, its monetary value may rise or fall. The capacity to demonstrate ownership and validity of the asset affects how desirable it is.  


DeFi NFTs 


Solving the issue of collateralization 


Let's say a picture is worth $1 million, but without buying demand for it, it won't be precious. To address this problem, DeFi and NFTs operate together. It may be possible to employ NFT collectibles and works of art as security for DeFi loans. Moving conventional art to the crypto world and making it NFT art seems obvious given that it has been used as collateral in the real world for a very long time. Tokenizing those pieces of art (or other valuables) into NFTs is another way for fixing liquidity issues in DeFi. An illiquid asset can be tokenized to enable trading.


NFT ownership and DeFi 


For musicians, the use of DeFi platforms integrated with NFTs is a revolution. NFTs are crucial in helping the original artists get ownership rights and financial rewards. Owners of NFTs can receive a portion of the streaming money generated by the songs. Maintaining verifiable profits through an NFT also serves as a strong type of collateral and opens the door to loans with insufficient collateral. This facility is presently not possible in the DeFi-only space. The commercialization of creative works via NFTs seems set to continue to be a significant part of the NFT space. Licencing, copyright ownership, and royalty sharing are the most likely formats. 


Solving the issue of the curve model 


How they collaborate to address the curve model issue is a notable example of how NFT ownership plays a big role in the DeFi space. One of the Defi protocols underwent an update that included the curve model for liquidity pools. A big build-up of liquidity was not providing payments for providers because the curve model was designed to distribute liquidity evenly across the whole curve. To address this problem, they provided a capability to allow liquidity providers to choose desired bespoke pricing sizes in the NFT space. Their exposure to necessary assets is increased, and their downside risk is decreased. 


Fractionalized NFTs 


The next chapter in this quickly expanding area of cryptocurrency, and decentralization is being forged by fractionalized NFTs. Simply put, NFT fractionalization is the process of dividing an NFT's ownership into smaller fractions. Given that an NFT, unlike a cryptocurrency, is a non-fungible token and cannot be exchanged for any other asset that bears a resemblance to it, fractional NFTs push the envelope by enabling several persons to jointly hold a single NFT. For instance, if you own the original Mona Lisa painting, it is not only hard to swap it out for a different kind of artwork but also impossible to cut it up into smaller parts. 


A smart contract can be used to generate ERC20 tokens linked to an indivisible ERC721 NFT, allowing anyone who holds any of the generated ERC20 tokens to own a portion of the rare and valuable NFT, given that a fungible token is adaptable enough to be exchanged for another of its kind without losing value. A fractional NFT can be formed in this way, and the smart contract can safeguard the information that sets it apart from other NFTs. The NFT is locked in a smart contract on the blockchain, and ownership of the NFT is represented by multiple fungible tokens, the supply of which is controlled by the smart contract, on any blockchain network that supports smart contracts and NFTs. 


Physical and digital items 


Physical product 


Tables, chairs, laptops, smartphones, and other items that may be physically handled are examples of physical products. Physical products can also be mailed to customers after a purchase. 


Digital product 


Digital products are those that can only be purchased digitally, are non-tangible, and may only be available online. Software, ebooks, video courses, and other such items are examples of digital products. 


Anything can be tokenized.


Copyright NFTs 


Although substantial influence over a creative work can be obtained through ownership of an NFT, this control is not inherent. Unless the creator takes explicit action to ensure control (ideally by signing a standard, formal copyright license to the work associated with the NFT), copyright law does not grant an NFT owner any rights. 


Some NFTs violate copyright laws by employing works of art that have been stolen from artists or well-known pieces that the NFT developers are not affiliated with and do not have permission to use. Copyright infringement can occur when these works are copied for NFT marketing purposes (e.g. for OpenSea listings). If an NFT creator implies that NFT owners will get rights alongside these stolen works, they may be engaging in deceptive advertising. Additionally, due to the "strict liability" nature of copyright infringement, even if NFT owners were deceived by the NFT developer into believing that it was legitimately licensed, they may still be held accountable for infringement if they produce copies of stolen artwork.

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