Legal Engineering on the Blockchain – Smart contracts as legal conduct

Legal Engineering on the Blockchain – Smart contracts as legal conduct

This guest post is concerned with the question of the relationship between smart contracts and law and tries to develop a framework that emphasizes the legal character of smart contracts, without promoting the popular catch phrase ‘code is law’. Concepts of ‘legality’, ‘lawfulness’ and ‘jurisdiction’ are more complex than can be encapsulated by architectures or technologies that regulate or condition behaviour.

Open-source Licensing and its Trends in Blockchain

Open-source Licensing and its Trends in Blockchain

Software development based on collaborative enhancement of source code has existed informally since the 1980s (and even before). This collaboration could easily be considered the main driver of many online products and services we use every day. Although I have a broad understanding of open-source and in specific software licensing, I am…

The Curious Tale of Tezos —from a $232 MILLION ICO to 4 class action lawsuits.

The Curious Tale of Tezos —from a $232 MILLION ICO to 4 class action lawsuits.

Just 8 months ago, a blockchain project called Tezos raised $232 million with an initial coin offering. It was the biggest ICO ever. Arthur and Kathleen Breitman, the young couple that founded the project, literally raised over 10x more than their wildest estimates. 8 months later, the couple and the project is facing four class action lawsuits. How could it all go so wrong?