No, Forking Bitcoin Won’t Land You in Legal Hot Water

Marco Santori is the leader of the digital currency and blockchain technology focus team at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP.

Santori is also the author of CoinDesk’s series on bitcoin law (find parts 12 and 3 here).

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A few days ago, I awoke to a collection of frantic emails, Slacks, Telegrams and tweets, all asking me the same question: “Can I go to jail for supporting the wrong version of bitcoin?”

The fear, uncertainty and doubt wrapped up in this question were palpable.

Do software developers contributing code to blockchain projects need to lawyer up? Could those contributions subject them to money services business (MSB) regulations under US law? Are we going to see developers go to jail for failing to get the proper licenses?

These were just some of the questions I received, and the answer to all of them is: of course not.

This article does not concern the Bitcoin Classic vs Bitcoin Core debate. It doesn’t advocate for the operational or philosophical merits of any particular approach.

It does, however, mean to address the recent concerns over developer contributions to and support of particular versions of free and open-source software.

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