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Ripple Supporters Eye LBRY's Notice of Appeal in Ongoing SEC Battle

Fri, 09/08/2023 - 09:49
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Alex Dovbnya
LBRY Inc. has filed Notice of Appeal against a US District Court ruling that deemed its native token, LBRY Credits (LBC), unregistered security
Ripple Supporters Eye LBRY's Notice of Appeal in Ongoing SEC Battle
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LBRY Inc., a peer-to-peer content distribution network, has filed a Notice of Appeal against a U.S. District Court's judgment. 

The court had ruled that LBRY's native token, LBRY Credits (LBC), was an unregistered security, thus siding with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). 

Federal Judge Paul Barbadoro rejected LBRY's argument that its LBC token had utility and was not solely an investment, stating that "objective economic realities" indicated it was a security. LBRY responded to the ruling with resilience, tweeting, "We're going to lick our wounds for a little bit but we're not giving up."

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The appeal, dated Sept. 7, comes after the SEC recently sought to reduce a $22 million fine on LBRY to just $111,614, citing the company's financial constraints.

XRP supporters watching the case 

The most recent development is being closely watched by supporters of Ripple, another blockchain company that has been embroiled in a similar legal battle with the SEC.

The SEC's victory over LBRY in July was seen as a significant setback for Ripple and its cryptocurrency, XRP.

Both companies were sued by the SEC for allegedly selling unregistered securities, with Ripple facing its lawsuit just months before LBRY.

Ripple facing SEC appeal 

Interestingly, Ripple managed to score a partial win against the SEC, with secondary sales of its XRP token not being recognized as securities. This nuanced outcome may have influenced LBRY's decision to appeal. 

However, it is worth noting that the SEC itself is currently working to appeal the Ripple case, meaning that the final outcome is far from certain. 

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Alex Dovbnya (aka AlexMorris) is a cryptocurrency expert, trader and journalist with extensive experience of covering everything related to the burgeoning industry — from price analysis to Blockchain disruption. Alex authored more than 1,000 stories for U.Today, CryptoComes and other fintech media outlets. He’s particularly interested in regulatory trends around the globe that are shaping the future of digital assets, can be contacted at