New Hampshire Court Sides With SEC in Lawsuit Against LBRY, Project's Team Says Loss Sets a 'Dangerous Precedent' – Regulation Bitcoin News – Bitcoin News
by Jamie Redman
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has won a court case against the blockchain-powered publishing platform LBRY. According to a New Hampshire district court ruling, Judge Paul Barbadoro agreed with SEC that the project’s native asset LBC was considered an investment contract or a transferable share representing a certificate of interest. On Twitter, LBRY said the language used to sway the court’s decision “sets an extraordinarily dangerous precedent.”
According to court documents, the U.S. regulatory watchdog, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), has won a case where it argued that LBRY sold an unregistered security that violates section 5 of the Securities Act of 1933. Furthermore, the SEC seeks injunctive relief from the alleged proceeds of LBRY’s LBC token.
Despite LBRY arguing that the blockchain token was not a security, but rather an essential component of the LBRY blockchain network, Judge Paul Barbadoro granted the SEC’s motion for summary judgment. The New Hampshire District Court’s approved summary judgment insists:
LBRY is mistaken about both the facts and the law.
Unlike a myriad of other crypto projects, LBRY did not have an initial coin offering (ICO), and LBRY contends that the SEC’s decision and the language used in the summary judgment sets an “extraordinarily dangerous precedent.”
The dangerous precedent means that the U.S. regulator could make “every cryptocurrency in the U.S. a security, including Ethereum,” LBRY added. The LBRY team disclosed that they plan to heal by licking their “wounds for a little bit,” but further added, “we’re not giving up.”
The LBRY case has a lot of people discussing whether or not other decentralized crypto assets will be targeted by the U.S. regulator. During the second week of September, the chairman of the SEC, Gary Gensler, said he wanted SEC to fine-tune crypto compliance.
The regulator also remarked that out of “the nearly 10,000 tokens in the crypto market,” he believes “the vast majority are securities.” In mid-July, Gensler explained that the SEC was looking at “tokens, the stablecoins, and the non-stablecoins” as far as regulatory clarity is concerned.
What do you think about the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission prevailing in a court case against the blockchain publishing platform LBRY? Let us know what you think about this subject in the comments section below.
Jamie Redman is the News Lead at Bitcoin.com News and a financial tech journalist living in Florida. Redman has been an active member of the cryptocurrency community since 2011. He has a passion for Bitcoin, open-source code, and decentralized applications. Since September 2015, Redman has written more than 6,000 articles for Bitcoin.com News about the disruptive protocols emerging today.
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