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Writings on Crypto Law

Over the course of the last decade there have been several opinions on the reconciliation between "smart contract" systems and existing bodies of law.

This is complex because:

(1) Smart contracts do not always work as described or desired, and thus it is easy to deviate from intent

(2) Many of the implementation areas of blockchain go into areas that explicitly violate existing laws (e.g. various types of work)

(3) Many of the design decisions of standard blockchains solutions are global in scope and emphasize being resilient against "interference" by regional jurisdictions rather than integrate into them.

(4) Some of the "autonomous" possibilities of applications run contrary to the standard human first ideas of ethics

(5) Clear decisions by regulatory authorities about how to treat the technology often lag the initial implementation by 3-5 years in the best case

We present the most important work of the blockchain community on the trade of and possible integration points between existing legal systems and cryptographically secure ledgers.

1994

Nick Szabo, Smart Contracts http://www.fon.hum.uva.nl/rob/Courses/InformationInSpeech/CDROM/Literature/LOTwinterschool2006/szabo.best.vwh.net/smart.contracts.html

1998

Nick Szabo, Secure Property Titles with Owner Authority https://nakamotoinstitute.org/secure-property-titles/

2006

Nick Szabo, Wet Code http://unenumerated.blogspot.com/2006/11/wet-code-and-dry.html

2009

https://www.amazon.com/DAEMON-Daemon-Daniel-Suarez/dp/0451228731

2013 Larimer, DACs Revisited

https://letstalkbitcoin.com/dac-revisited

2014 Vitalik Buterin, "DAOs, DACs, DAs and More: An Incomplete Terminology Guide,"

https://blog.ethereum.org/2014/05/06/daos-dacs-das-and-more-an-incomplete-terminology-guide/

2015

Distributed Collaborative Organizations

https://www.shareable.net/blog/interviewed-joel-dietz-on-distributed-collaborative-organizations

First Coincenter

Houman Shadab, "Empowering Distributed Autonomous Companies"

https://lawbitrage.typepad.com/blog/2015/02/empowering-distributed-autonomous-companies.html

2017

SEC DAO ruling, (https://www.sec.gov/litigation/investreport/34-81207.pdf)

Gav Wood on Alegality

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=2ahUKEwi5ktLc68jgAhWI_p8KHYMDDbYQwqsBMAB6BAgGEAQ&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DZh9BxYTSrGU&usg=AOvVaw27zMmK36fwv9MlWXZLsjYF

PdF + cardoso papers

http://www.hup.harvard.edu/catalog.php?isbn=9780674976429

2018

Coin Center Framework

https://coincenter.org/entry/framework-for-securities-regulation-of-cryptocurrencies

2019

Vlad Zamfir For a new crypto legal system

https://medium.com/cryptolawreview/against-szabos-law-for-a-new-crypto-legal-system-d00d0f3d3827