October 1, 2023


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Polkadot restates its case that DOT has ‘morphed’ away from security status

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The Web3 Basis, which helps the Polkadot protocol, has once more offered its argument that its native DOT (DOT) token isn’t a safety. In a Twitter thread, the muse emphasised its efforts to adjust to U.S. securities legal guidelines, in addition to Securities and Trade Fee steering on digital property, and declared that DOT had efficiently “morphed” and is software program, not a safety. 

The Web3 Basis reposted an excerpt from a December Twitter Area the place Angela Dalton, recognized as an adviser to the muse, described how representatives accepted the SEC’s invitation to “are available and speak to us.” Subsequently, the muse claimed:

“The Basis made certain the SEC’s full imaginative and prescient of token morphing was addressed, […] in addition to taking steps to handle the distribution of the DOT token in order that no particular person holds a big proportion of the community, turning down purchases from VCs solely in funding functions, and selling the tech however not the token.”

“The Basis is assured DOT has morphed and isn’t a safety. It’s software program,” the muse concluded. Polkadot is a multichain protocol that had 66 blockchains operating on it and its Kusama parachain community as of October 2022. The Web3 Basis was based by Gavin Wooden, a co-founder of Ethereum, and launched the Polkadot white paper in 2016. Polkadot completed its launch in December 2021 when it rolled out parachains, in line with a Medium publish.

“Our expertise has been a optimistic one,” the muse says within the publish. “The SEC has welcomed conferences with the Web3 Basis, and there was a spirit of open communication and dialogue.”

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The Web3 Basis first declared DOT a non-security in November. Its place has apparently not acquired affirmation from the SEC. The muse’s argument echoes key points in the SEC case in opposition to Ripple. “Morphing” is an idea put forward in a speech delivered by former SEC official William Hinman on the Yahoo Finance All Markets Summit in June 2018.