Ethereum Developer Resigns as Code Editor Citing Legal Concerns

Ethereum developer Yoichi Hirai has resigned as one of the platform’s code editors, citing concerns that a contentious proposal may be in violation of penal law.

Named EIP 867, the proposal defines a method to better facilitate the return of lost funds on the platform.

Speaking on GitHub, the developer wrote:

“Some EIP editors look nonchalant about legal consequences of this draft, but I have warned them, and I have no capacities to do anything more than warn them … I resign from the post of an EIP editor.”

Writing his comments yesterday, Hirai said that the EIP may be in violation of a Japanese law named the “Unauthorized Creation of Electromagnetic Records,” stating “I have a doubt that, if the proposal is followed in practice, the process might constitute a crime.”

The law in question deals with cases of computer-based fraud, in particular the unlawful creation of data “with the intent to bring about improper administration of the matters of another person,” a legal document states.

Last week, Hirai blocked the proposal due to its failure to align with the “ethereum philosophy,” a requirement based on the code acceptance process, as detailed in EIP-1. The developer has since retracted those statements, writing: “I was able to ignore my interpretation of ‘the ethereum philosophy’ but I cannot ignore the penal code.” […]

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