"Asset" in financial community = "token" in non-financial community. The words asset, coin, currency and token are all synonymous here to some extent, in that each refers to funds on the Obyte platform.
There is a separate Token article that concentrates on the five kinds of tokens on the Obyte platform with zero or tiny monetary value, rather than those used more financially.
- 1 From the white paper
- 2 Obyte Asset Registry
- 3 Name registries
- 4 New assets
- 5 Fractional ownership
- 6 ICO bot
- 7 The ICO craze
- 8 Regulation
- 9 Bitcointalk copypasta
- 10 External links
- 11 References
From the white paper
Users can issue new assets and define rules that govern their transferability. The rules can include spending restrictions such as a requirement for each transfer to be cosigned by the issuer of the asset, which is one way for financial institutions to comply with existing regulations. Users can also issue assets whose transfers are not published to the database, and therefore not visible to third parties. Instead, the information about the transfer is exchanged privately between users, and only a hash of the transaction and a spend proof (to prevent double-spends) are published to the database.
Obyte Asset Registry
Here you can create your own token/asset. You must also register it before the name (instead of the hash) will display in a wallet.
- Example name: Zwib by Jore Bohne
- Example hash: ZWlbZhl6C9IsV3biDC+ngzsLq58mQ0hbwWyLBLpFLQc=
Why are you creating a token?
It is important to work out the purpose of a token before you start to create it. There can be both frivolous/trivial reasons -- where it is probably better not to create the token after all -- and serious ones where you go ahead. Examples:
- I want to see if it works: It does work. Really.
- I want to have coins in my wallet in addition to bytes and blackbytes: Download some fun-coins from the free faucet in your platform Bot Store.
- I want to see my name in the wallet: You can do this in a platform updated to a recent version (2.0+), but first you need to get a Name Registry to verify your identity, and then register the token.
- As part of a well-conceived business plan: But think it through. People with zero experience using a crypto wallet are not likely to embrace the idea of exchanging Obyte tokens in any business setting. Maybe in a few years from now, but not currently.
- Family tokens, personal tokens, social tokens: See the token page for details.
The fields in the application form
Cap (money supply): Defaults to 1000, but can be between 1 and 10^15. You can only create a token with this unique hash once, so think carefully how many you need.
Auto-destroy: If you check this box, it means that any new assets/tokens sent to their defining address become unspendable, like sending something to a black hole.
Add asset details to asset directory: Look at an asset directory example to see what this means.
Short name: This would be the "Credits" part of "Credits by Jore Bohne".
Decimals: Important! If you do not register the token, these will not display at all. So if you order 1000 coins with 5 decimals, you would get 1000 coins formatted as 0.10000. If you do register the coin, it will display with 5 decimals, and you cannot change this to 0 or 2 decimals. If you do not have a good purpose for decimals, leave it as the default 0.
Ticker: Limited to 5 characters, so for "Credits by John Bohne" he chose "CREDS".
Description: Put your purpose for the coin. There is no need to disclose confidential parts of your business plan, but be as helpful as possible to people who will look this up.
Issuer name: In "Credits by Jore Bohne" this is "Jore Bohne". You may want to use the name that gives the most credibility to your token. If you have verified your identity with the Obyte bot, it is best to use that name. A name registry can easily use that verified identity to register you as a coin issuer. You can also use a different bot-attested identity, like a Steem username.
Push the Publish button when you are a registered issuer or you won't see the custom name, only the hash.
|Zwibs ||@slackjore||first new asset on platform|
|CK1||@cryptkeeper||community asset with membership-like features such as special discounts at webshops|
|Scamcups||@chainsaw||first asset with great random name in hash (LScaMCup...)|
See Wiki article Chatbot Section TitanCoin ICO for details
SilentNotary by Sigany Ltd
See Wiki article Chatbot Section SilentNotary ICO for details
See Wiki article Chatbot Section Worldopoly_ICO for details
See Wiki article Chatbot Section Nousplatform_ICO for details
Just do it
You can simply send your new (unrestricted) assets/tokens to any Obyte address, with no chat or contract needed. Copy the address, open the Send tab, find the asset/token in your drop-down box, paste the address, enter the amount, and click Send.
Caution: Be careful to send the right asset/token. Don't send someone 4 GB by mistake when you mean to send 4 Zingos. Not joking. Double-check.
With platform version 2.1, you can send any public asset -- including your newly-created one -- by textcoin.
With version 2.3, you can send any private asset -- including Blackbytes -- by digital file using email, WhatsApp etc. The recipient does not even need to have Obyte installed yet.
Usual transaction fees apply. So sending 9 Zingos somewhere will cost roughly 750 Bytes. At 1GB = $750, 1MB = $0.75, 1KB = $0.00075, and 750 Bytes = $0.0005, so you won't go broke.
See the wiki change address article if you're not sure how these work and apply here.
New assets/tokens in your wallet
You started off with 0 Bytes in your wallet. Later, you probably got some Bytes, and maybe some blackbytes. At present, maybe you also have some fun-coins from the free faucet. If you click the Send tab, you'll see a drop-down menu, and you can spend from any of your asset types.
Note that these listed asset/token types remain, even if the balance of one particular asset/token is zero. So every time someone receives some Zingos, the Zingo asset/token type gets added to their wallet asset/token list, indelibly so for now [but see section just below]. After a few of these, if they don't really want all these coin types, they act as spam.
So, please don't send your new assets/tokens to someone without asking them first if they want them.
Starting with version 2.6.0, you can hide from display unused or junk assets. Goodbye NastyBytes!
There is an asset/token directory where you can view details of the new assets/tokens.
Fractional ownership is a method in which several unrelated parties can share in, and mitigate the risk of, ownership of a high-value tangible asset, usually a jet, yacht or piece of resort real estate. It can be done for strictly monetary reasons, but typically there is some amount of personal access involved. One of the main motivators for a fractional purchase is the ability to share the costs of maintaining an asset that will not be used full-time by one owner. Every fractional endeavour requires some sort of management, to administer the rules and regulations (which are agreed upon before the fraction is purchased) and maintain the asset to the degree laid out in the ownership documents.
Tokenization is the process of converting fractional-ownership rights to an asset into a digital token on a distributed ledger. There is great interest by financial intermediaries and technologists around the world in figuring out how to move real-world assets onto blockchains to gain the advantages of cryptocurrencies while keeping the characteristics of the asset.
Could the Obyte platform be utilised in various fractional-ownership schemes? Possibly. But management, asset security and maintenance etc, complicate the picture. It would not be as straightforward as the uses seen so far.
TitanCoin was the first use of our ICO bot which was published on github just recently. The bot is designed to help entrepreneurs raise funds and distribute their tokens, easily and securely. The current version (2018-01-07) now accepts BTC and ETH in addition to Bytes. The tokens are issued immediately after the payment is confirmed.
Identity verification for ICOs
Identity verification is now (after 18 January 2018) possible in your Obyte wallet, where you can selectively reveal some or all of name, date of birth, country, ID number, ID type to a coin issuer. The general process links a real-world identity to a specific single-address wallet, so you can still be anonymous to the coin-issuer but the coin-issuer can be confident that your real-world identity is attested. This has important KYC implications.
The ICO craze
This must-watch 9-minute video from Andreas Antonopoulos explains how ICOs will disrupt financial technology all across the spectrum; how almost all ICOs currently are bad; how regulators will try but won't be able to keep with new innovations and their rules will be unenforceable anyway; how society has to wade through hundreds of losing investments in order to finally learn what is a good ICO investment.
Be aware that fundraising via new assets/tokens on cryptocurrency platforms, sometimes issued as ICOs (Initial Coin Offerings), are increasingly being regulated in various nations. For a general overview of this by country, see here.
On July 25, 2017, the US SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission) issued a report stating that offers and sales of digital assets by "virtual" organizations are subject to the requirements of the federal securities laws. The key points from this are that:
- Digital assets can be securities
- That determination will depend on the facts and circumstances of each case (see Howey)
- Digital assets that are deemed securities are subject to U.S. securities laws.
The third point is extremely broad because securities laws are very extensive.
Excerpted from Findlaw.com "What is the Howey Test?:
Whether a particular investment transaction involves the offer or sale of a security – regardless of the terminology or technology used – will depend on the facts and circumstances, including the economic realities of the transaction.
Under the Howey Test, a transaction is an investment contract (and thus subject to securities registration requirements) if:
- It is an investment of money
- There is an expectation of profits from the investment
- The investment of money is in a common enterprise
- Any profit comes from the efforts of a promoter or third party
Refer to the linked article for further explanation of these four points. It might be a good idea to not use the word "investment" in describing your asset/token.
Does this apply to your token/asset? Depends. The US lately has been assuming a "World Police" function, whether sanctioned by international law or not. If in doubt, consult a competent lawyer.
On September 4, 2017, the People's Bank of China declared all ICOs (Initial Coin Offerings) illegal. A report from September 10 said this may be "only temporary, until local financial regulators introduce necessary regulatory frameworks and policies for both ICO investors and projects." How this applies to any new asset issued on the Obyte platform is not clear.
5/29 from tonych: Developer guide for issuing new assets on [Obyte]: https://github.com/byteball/byteballcore/wiki/Issuing-assets-on-Byteball
5/30 response: It's the same purpose as ethereum tokens, except the feature is built natively in [Obyte] and you don't need to write a smart-contract to manage the assets you emitted.
5/30 from tonych (post #8739): [Examples] ICOs, shares, bonds, fiat-pegged coins, loyalty points, minutes of airtime, assets in online games, whatever you can imagine. [How traded and where] They can be immediately traded P2P via smart contracts (same as blackbytes).
- https://asset.obyte.app Obyte Asset Registry
- https://www.coindesk.com/appcoin-law-part-1-icos-the-right-way/ re Howey test
- https://www.coindesk.com/secs-munchee-order-recipe-securities-law-violations/ SEC Munchee order (re Howey test)
- https://titan-coin.com/?lang=en TitanCoin website
- https://obyte.org/Byteball.pdf abstract