GAIAR is a French platform divided into two activities: one is a social network, gaiar.com, the other a back-office for the protection, management and distribution of works and content (video, audio, image and text): gaiar.studio.com.
Its distinctive feature is that it is backed by a blockchain environment, giving it a number of specific features, such as certified time-stamping of works and content (proof of deposit), monetization in crypto-currencies, NFT mint or lazy-mint, a dedicated marketplace, and the editing of licenses and smart contracts for single or multiple distribution.
GAIAR is therefore a hybrid, operating in FIAT currencies (euro, dollar, etc.) and/or crypto-currencies (ETH and Matic) and offering a range of tools designed to enhance creators’ revenues.
GAIAR was born from the consideration of the authors’ situation, who undergo the conditions imposed by production, edition and distribution intermediaries.
GAIAR reverses the established patterns, starting from the author : he alone chooses to evolve either on his own, in contact with his audiences, or to surround himself with collaborators that he then chooses to pay.
GAIAR provides the author and his right-holders with all the tools for the deployment of the artworks, their interoperability (capacity of the artworks to connect with each other and to associate all the actors) and economic models of monetization.
GAIAR is not an umpteenth vertical platform, but a horizontal, open, free, transparent, reliable and fair environment.
To do this, if you choose to do so when you upload your file (video, audio, text or image), we register a “hash” in the blockchain, a kind of digital fingerprint scrupulously linked to this file.
You also have the possibility to authenticate yourself by uploading an ID or a Kbis on your account. Thus, GAIAR will merge the “hash” of your works with that of your identity and will further strengthen your intellectual property rights.
This is the most formal proof of deposit to date, with an international dimension.
You then edit a Smart Contract (SC), which is an intelligent contract that uses a computer protocol that facilitates and verifies the negotiation and then executes this contract. You can associate as many participants as you wish.
Once the SC of the work is activated, you receive a proof of deposit along with the source file.
Keep these documents safe for an unlimited period of time, they are your proof of deposit.
Blockchain is a technology for validating and storing transactions and information that is secure, transparent and works without a central review body.
It appeared in 2008. Specifically, it is a digital register that contains information, data or transactions that are grouped into blocks. Hence the term “blockchain”.
This register has a particularity: it is not stored by a single organization or in a central computer, but in a multitude of synchronized computers. The register is therefore duplicated and stored in a large number of computers known as the nodes of the network. If one of the computers stops working, all the others keep on storing the register.
Blockchain is a real revolution that allows to exchange value peer to peer, without any intermediary or any duplication model.
This is a new technology intended to last and developed as such. The hacking actions observed until today only concern poorly written Smart Contracts. GAIAR’s ones have been meticulously developed, without useless functions, making them unforgeable and indestructible.
Legally, it is compulsory for an author / a creator to prove the anteriority of his creation. Proof by blockchain is a mathematic proof. Data integrity and history are guaranteed by cryptographic algorithms and decentralization.
Article 1366 of the Civil Code : “An electronic document has the same probative force than a hard-copy written document, as long as the person it emanates from can be duly identified and that it is established and saved in conditions that can guarantee its integrity.”
Regulation (EC) No 460/2004 : “data integrity”means the confirmation that data which have been sent, received, or stored are complete and unchanged.”
Blockchain’s digital proof is thus undeniable.
On GAIAR you can deposit all types of works and contents (video, audio, image & text).
When you have a free subscription, GAIAR charges 1 euro TTC for the deposit of a work and 10 euros TTC for the deposit of a catalog of works which can be multi-support (audio, video, image and text). Once deposited on blockchain, GAIAR allows you to exploit your works on all networks.
The GAIAR player directly integrates distribution and remuneration functions. Depending on whether works are offered at a fixed price, free price or minimum price, viewers are free to pay for them, starting at 0.50 euro cents.
You can choose between :
- free price: you let viewers pay the amount they wish, and the work is free to view.
- minimum price: this is a minimum price for access to the work. Viewers can increase this price on their own initiative. You define the length of time the work can be viewed.
- fixed price.
You can also use monetization tools for generalized access to all your content (author channel or curator).
Smart Contract also gives you the possibility to associate other authors, producers or any other actor that you would like to share interests with on the exploitation of the artwork.
Your works are protected on the Ethereum or Polygone blockchains (your choice), which are reputed to be tamper-proof and future-proof.
And should this blockchain run into trouble, GAIAR will ensure continuity of service.
Under French law, the term of copyright protection is 70 years after the death of the author.
In most countries, this period varies between 50 and 70 years.
Your moral rights, on the other hand, are eternal.
A team of 4 men and 3 women from several cultural sectors has been built up through meetings and professional experiences. Each of the founding members of GAIAR has lived in contact with artists (music, cinema, publishing, performing art, etc.) and knows the difficulty to enforce copyright.
We think that :
- each artwork has its audience,
- audiences are eager for a greater diversity of artworks, and a closer link to the authors,
- that once incomes are better distributed, an author can live decently from his productions,
- that a community binding together authors, cultural professionals and audiences can generate its own economic ecosystem, connect it to all networks and broadcasters, and even create its own.
You can associate as many authors as you want in a Smart Contract.
If they are not registered on GAIAR yet, you can enter their e-mail address and a message will encourage them to create their account so they can validate their participation.
In a Smart Contract, you define for each author or rights-holder the percentages of the distribution of the incomes generated by the artwork that must be returned to him.
GAIAR player is exportable anywhere on the internet, and on networks blocking its reading, like Facebook, a sharing system allows you anyway to have a stylized banner that redirects to the player and the artwork, directly on your author channel.
The rights holder(s) who manage(s) the exploitation of a work or content are entitled to 100% of the revenues generated by the sale of this work or content. GAIAR invoices its commission, VAT and bank charges on top of the desired sales price. (See subscription table: https://studio.gaiar.com/subscription/)
If necessary, the beneficiary(ies) must contact their tax authorities, their affiliation and social protection organizations to file their own income tax returns.
GAIAR does not charge bank fees for transfers to your bank account when made in euros.
In the event of royalties being paid in a currency other than the euro, they will be calculated according to the exchange rate in force on the day of payment, any commissions being borne by the rightful owner.
You have the choice today between three possible tariffs: the free price, the minimum price or the fixed price for a duration of vision which you choose yourself. It is up to you to define your own amount (from 0.50 euro cents) according to the market prices and the value you give to your work. You can change the price whenever you want, for example to make promotional operations.
If you have a wallet, your prices can be established in euro or in crypto-currency (ether or matic).
16- IF I HAVE ALREADY REGISTERED MY WORK WITH AN OTHER SOCIETY, DOES IT PREVENT ME FROM REGISTERING THIS WORK ON GAIAR ?
The fact that you have mandated an other society, such as a collective copyright management society, and that you have registered your work with this society does not prevent you from registering that word on GAIAR.
The registration on GAIAR presents another advantage because it provides a definite date to the work, thank to the Blockchain, which is inviolable. Furthermore, the registration of a work will be for an indefinite period and will represent a proof, that can be used anytime, and as many times as needed.
Above all, a registration on GAIAR allows to certify the work content in its integrality, undeniably and indefinitely.
GAIAR gives equal visibility to all users and offers a number of tools to help you raise the profile of your work :
- the player can be exported and/or integrated everywhere (social networks, blogs, e-commerce sites, etc.).
- the platform’s search engine optimization (SEO) will help your audience find you.
- smart Contracts interoperability: you’ll be able to partner with cultural marketing professionals, or let other players connect your work to other Smart Contracts for Exploitation.
- broadcast a trailer of your work on other carrier content in collaboration with other creators.
At GAIAR, every artwork has its audience.
No, you could be exposed to legal action by the rightful owners.
Only the account holder who deposited the work can interrupt its distribution or delete the Smart Contract to create a new one.
However, your initial deposit will always remain valid as time-stamped proof of anteriority.
GAIAR uses euro, ether (Ethereum blockchain) and matic (Polygon blockchain).
GAIAR users can therefore pay for works, take subscriptions and/or reward the artists they consult in FIAT or crypto-currency.
We will transfer to you the amount in euros that you wish to recover from your GAIAR wallet, at the end of 30 days of the month and once the amount of your earnings is equal to or greater than €50.
Example: You have €1,000 in your GAIAR wallet and you want to get €500 back on March 18; the transfer will be made to your bank account by April 30 at the latest.
The gains made in crypto-currency are paid directly to you on your personal crypto-currency wallet that you will have informed to GAIAR. (Metamask or Coinbase, other wallets will be available soon).
Overall, GAIAR does not imply any exclusivity of use for its users. You are free to use GAIAR as you wish, and free to do what you like with your works.
GAIAR is an ecosystem in which you can operate on your own, or surround yourself with the players you feel should be involved (producers, agents, curators, etc.).
You can either sign up with a label that would also operate with a GAIAR account, or ask it to let you work on your works on GAIAR, if the label’s action is complementary to GAIAR’s services.
Above all, GAIAR is an interoperable system designed to develop collaborations and facilitate and certify commitments between cultural and artistic players. If you want to make a commitment to a label, you can do so together within the GAIAR framework.
The public has access to your artworks via the GAIAR player, which can be integrated anywhere on the web and on your GAIAR author channel.
Western countries and Europe in particular have decided to let blockchains be deployed. GAIAR is therefore perfectly legal.
GAIAR offers you a wide range of solutions for :
- protect and manage your catalogs.
- define trailers for your works.
- distribute your works and content across all digital channels.
- edit rules for distributing earnings among multiple rights holders.
- collect your revenues in FIAT currency and/or crypto-currency (ETH or Matic) and automatically redistribute them to your beneficiaries.
- work together on a single account and software package for managing, protecting, distributing, scheduling and geo-blocking your broadcasts…
- access multiple channels,
- issue licenses for your works and content, and determine their duration,
- collaborate with other players and develop your network,
- …and of course, discover new talent!
GAIAR helps to fight against fakes news.
As a journalist or news agency and as for any user of the platform, you can deposit your articles, photos, reports (video or sound) in the blockchain by connecting this directly to your ID card or Kbis.
The acronym will then be written on your contents and will allow anyone to verify the repository address in the blockchain and the authenticity of these contents.
Yes, if you are the depositor.
However, your initial deposit will still be valid as time-stamped proof of copyright.
GAIAR offers various subscriptions (Free, Start, Plus or Advanced) giving access to professional tools for distributing and broadcasting video, audio, text & image works and content, and also offers time-stamped protection of works and content on blockchain, as well as smart-contracts for exploitation in FIAT currency or crypto-currency.
GAIAR also sells Live storage and broadcasting units and charges a commission of 20%HT on transactions, a percentage on the sale and resale of NFT and a fixed commission per paying subscriber to a channel depending on the subscription taken out by the channel creator (Free, Start, Plus or Advanced.) https://studio.gaiar.com/subscription/
GAIAR is transparent; sales and purchases in FIAT currency (Euro) are indicated on the GAIAR balance statements issued when the earnings in Euro are withdrawn by the creator of the broadcast channel(s). Crypto-currency sales, on the other hand, are immediately cashed in by the creator and are listed on the statistics page in the “Revenues” tab.
GAIAR allows you to mine and lazy-minter NFTs.
To do this you must have a crypto-currency wallet (Metamask or Coinbase; other wallets will be added soon).
GAIAR is indeed a marketplace for all your NFTs.
You can associate NFTs with your content to reward or retain your audiences, create unique or serial works.
If you have a paid subscription (START, PLUS, ADVANCED or ENTERPRISE), GAIAR will take a 1% commission on the sale and resale of your lazy-mined NFTs.
If you lazy-mint your NFTs with a paid subscription, GAIAR will take 3% on the sale and resale of your lazy-minted NFTs.
If you have a free subscription GAIAR will take a 3% commission on the sale and resale of your lazy-mined NFTs.
If you lazy-mint your NFTs with a free subscription, GAIAR will take 5% on the sale and resale of your lazy-minted NFTs.
On GAIAR, you can pay with your credit card, your crypto-wallet or your GAIAR balance if you’ve credited it beforehand.
By paying with your GAIAR balance, the buyer of your artwork or content pays no bank charges, as they don’t use their credit card at the time of purchase.
With a paid subscription, GAIAR allows you to recover 100% of the price you wish to obtain from your sales.
GAIAR’s margin, VAT and bank charges are added to your sales price.
- Desired sale amount : €2.00
- Amount incl. VAT: €2.40 ( VAT 20% )
- Gaiar commissions: €0.40 ( 20% excl. VAT )
- Final amount paid by the user (Excluding CB = via GAIAR balance) : €2.88
- Final amount paid by the user (With CB) : €3.18
- Final amount paid by the user (With crypto wallet = no VAT + no bank charges) : €2.40 to be converted into ETH or Matic according to their rate at the time of purchase.