Bloomberg Law
Nov. 7, 2022, 7:55 PMUpdated: Nov. 7, 2022, 9:59 PM

LBRY Sold Tokens as Securities, Judge Says in Win for SEC (1)

Matthew Bultman
Matthew Bultman

The SEC convinced a federal judge that blockchain-based publishing platform LBRY Inc. violated US law by selling its blockchain token without registering its offerings with the agency.

LBRY’s digital token— LBC, or LBRY Credits—was offered as a security, Judge Paul Barbadoro in the US District Court for the District of New Hampshire said Monday in awarding the Securities and Exchange Commission summary judgment in the lawsuit.

US law prohibits the sale of securities without filing a registration statement. Barbadoro’s ruling adds to an ongoing debate about whether crypto assets should be considered a securities product in federal enforcement.

Barbadoro found ...