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LBRY fires back at SEC over ‘aggressive and disastrous’ securities complaint

LBRY is in the SEC’s firing line for selling unregistered securities. It claims the case could set a precedent that would affect much of the industry.
Blockchain company LBRY, Inc. has hit back at the Securities and Exchange Commission, saying a complaint filed against it threatens much of the crypto industry because it would define most tokens as securities. The SEC has been looking into the blockchain-based publishing platform LBRY, Inc. as part of a three-year investigation that started in May 2018.According to the complaint filed by the SEC, the platform is alleged to have sold unregistered securities across multiple avenues including to institutional investors and platform users between 2016 and 2020. The regulator is seeking a permanent injunction to prevent the company from selling more tokens, disgorgement of all funds received with interest, and to pay an undisclosed amount in civil penalties.LBRY developed a decentralized video sharing platform called Odysee that allows viewers to “earn cryptocurrency for watching videos” and for creators to earn LBRY Credits for their work. Since 2016, 13 million LBC tokens were sold for $5 million in Bitcoin. A press release from the SEC states the total amount raised was $11 million, including USD and services from purchasers who participated in its offering.According to LBRY, while it did not conduct an initial coin offering (ICO) and the SEC is not alleging fraud, its attempts to settle have been rejected by the Commission:“The SEC declined to offer any terms that would have made it viable for U.S. …
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