Artists are dependent upon platforms that can change their policies and owners at any moment.
These platforms are built on privately owned technology - can you really say it is your music when the software that makes it public can change without your say?
We built Nina as open source software on open source networks (blockchains) to build a place for music online that avoids the pitfalls of legacy platforms. Any policy change or fee is in code that can be seen in our public codebases.
Beyond the speculation and hype of blockchains we see real value in open source networks, not owned by any one corporation, that can publicly and permanently host files and payment logic. Short of interacting directly in person in cash, we are trying to build the most direct way of hosting music and supporting artists online.
We come from backgrounds in independent music, running labels, booking shows, running radio stations, recording and performing. We built Nina to be resilient to the risks we have observed first hand over the past decade plus of platform-dependency in independent music.
Nina might look like a platform, but we call it a protocol. A protocol is an open source set of tools meant to be connected to and built upon by others. Our tools are open source and can be viewed, used, and copied by anyone.