Numbers Protocol & Its NFT Search Engine: The World’s First-ever Web 3.0 Search Engine
NFT Search Engine? That is new, but I must say very welcomed development. But why has Number Protocol decided to introduce the world’s first-ever Web 3.0 Search Engine? And how does it work?
This article seeks to answer these questions.
The Problems Faced By Digital Creators In Web2
The creation of the internet which led to its advancement to Web 2 brought the idea of digital creations uploaded on the Web for easy access. So images, videos, audio, and other digital creations could be easily accessed online.
But this brought about a problem
These digital creations could now be easily stolen and used by copycats who try to claim these creations as their own. These issues brought about the need for a way for creators to uniquely own their creations without fear of copycats.
The Introduction of Web3 and NFTs
NFTs became the “supposed” perfect way to seal the deal and reclaim the value of ownership rights over creators’ creations.
However, in reality, the problem still remains.
While we can have creations minted on blockchains, there can still be copies of these creations minted by other creators.
Many NFT minting sites and marketplaces, such as Opensea, have an open minting policy, which means anyone can mint anything without control.
Of course, they are decentralized and permissionless, which are the keywords of Blockchain, so you can’t fault them. But this also means people can copy and remint the creation of an original creator.
For instance, a creator mints an image of his cat as an NFT on Opensea and sells it, another person can copy the image of that cat, mints it as theirs and still list it to sell.
This takes away the value of true ownership.
How Numbers Protocol Is Making A Difference Through NFT Search Engine
Numbers Protocol, which is a decentralized photo network for Web3.0, aims at addressing the problems creators face: ownership, provenance, ecosystem and copyright and returning the value of NFTs in uniqueness, scarcity, and legitimacy.
To do this, Numbers Protocol developed its NFT search engine to make sure that digital contents are searchable in the growing NFT space and to ensure transparency. Currently, the search engine is operating as a demo.
How Does The NFT Search Engine Work?
1. Go to https://nftsearch.site/ to begin.
2. You can search for an NFT in 2 ways:
By uploading the image or
By inputting the NFT’s Content ID (CID).
If the NFT exists, then there will be an output showing:
The preview of the asset on the left side and
The details of the asset are on the right.
Details of the asset will include:
🤝Current Owner ID
Note: The search shows you how unique the NFT is and how many of these tokens are in circulation.
In the search, you will also find out how many tokens (copies) of that particular creation were minted by the creator.
However, if a search brings up multiple creator addresses, it raises red flags because it means multiple creators minted the same image and an infringement of copyright has occurred. That way, the NFT search has sniffed out and identified a potential violation.
This is only the Demo and this could mean more features may be added in the future. But for now, I find this search engine very useful as it takes away the chance of me buying a copied NFT.
Currently, the NFT Search Engine covers leading marketplaces such as OpenSea, Foundation, Rarible, SuperRare, Refinable and CaptureClub, hoping to achieve full coverage soon.
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