To Bitcoin Developers:

The Bitcoin community is currently the subject of multi-front litigation. 
Litigation and continued threats are having their intended effect; individual 
defendants have chosen to capitulate in the absence of legal support. 
Open-source developers, who are often independent, are especially susceptible 
to legal pressure. In response, we propose a coordinated and formalized 
response to help defend developers. The Bitcoin Legal Defense Fund is a 
nonprofit entity that aims to minimize legal headaches that discourage software 
developers from actively developing Bitcoin and related projects such as the 
Lightning Network, Bitcoin privacy protocols, and the like.

The main purpose of this Fund is to defend developers from lawsuits regarding 
their activities in the Bitcoin ecosystem, including finding and retaining 
defense counsel, developing litigation strategy, and paying legal bills. This 
is a free and voluntary option for developers to take advantage of if they so 
wish. The Fund will start with a corps of volunteer and part-time lawyers. The 
board of the Fund will be responsible for determining which lawsuits and 
defendants it will help defend.

The Fund’s first activities will be to take over coordination of the existing 
defense of the Tulip Trading lawsuit against certain developers alleging breach 
of fiduciary duty and provide the source of funding for outside counsel. At 
this time, the Fund is not seeking to raise additional money for its operations 
but will do so at the direction of the board if needed for further legal action 
or to pay for staff.

If you have questions or concerns, you can email 
Will share more information in the near future.

Jack Dorsey, Alex Morcos, and Martin White
(Bitcoin Legal Defense Fund Board)
bitcoin-dev mailing list

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