What is SHARE?
Decentralized distribution using peer-to-peer, pay-for-access micro-transactions on blockchain.
Note: As of April 3, 2023, SHARE is a Beta-stage (v.1.0.1) software product.
The Share Protocol (SHARE) is protocol created by the team at FORMLESS, INC., a Boston, Massachusetts headquartered music technology company with the mission of creating virtual and physical experiences that enable people to live more fulfilling lives.
- SHARE enables creators to choose the price per stream of their audio or video content, distribute the content directly to consumers, make it accessible on any web application, and receive payments instantly when their content is streamed. SHARE has a wide variety of applications including music, video, and podcasts. The SHARE Whitepaper provides a detailed overview of SHARE, and the latest information is found on the SHARE website.
- The FORMLESS SHARE Decentralized Application (Formless dApp) is the first user interface that leverages and expresses the capabilities of SHARE. The Formless dApp enables creators to directly distribute their content (audio or video) on a per-access (stream) basis to consumers. Users of the application include creators who are distributing content and consumers who are streaming content.
For developers and streaming platforms of the future, SHARE is a building block that provides a way to offer premium content to users without permission (no signups, logins, subscriptions, or personal identifiable information required), access content directly from the blockchain, and pay creators instantly through micro-transactions. More documentation on the smart contract and deployment is available in the Guides and Technical Reference sections.
No price differentiation
Creators choose the price per stream
Single monolithic platform
Open blockchain ecosystem
Signups, logins, invoices, bills
A single, portable identity (a Web3 wallet address)
Audiences are customers only
Audiences are economically incentivized through sharing and co-owning
No incentives for content sharing and curation
Anyone can make money from sharing and curating content
Platforms optimize for user retention
Protocols optimize for transaction volume
Legacy, siloed infrastructure built for information-only communications
Modern tech with open architecture built to transfer value natively and efficiently