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LBRY Files Appeal Against SEC's Ruling, Reviving Its Fight

LBRY, the blockchain-based file-sharing and payment network, has decided to challenge the SEC's ruling by filing an appeal. This move marks a change from LBRY's previous plan to wind down its operations.

LBRY, the blockchain-based file-sharing and payment network, is shifting gears and preparing to challenge the Securities and Exchange Commission's (SEC) ruling, which had initially appeared to mark the end of the platform.

LBRY's About-Face

LBRY, the blockchain-based file-sharing and payment network, is undergoing a notable reversal of its earlier decision. Instead of winding down, it has opted to contest a ruling by a federal judge in July that favored the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

Appealing the SEC's Judgment

On September 7, LBRY filed a notice of appeal with the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. This move comes as LBRY seeks to challenge the final judgment handed down on July 11. This judgment had mandated LBRY to pay a civil penalty and prohibited its involvement in unregistered offerings of crypto asset securities going forward.

SEC's Original Lawsuit

The SEC's legal action against developer LBRY, Inc. commenced in March 2021. The SEC alleged that LBRY Credit token (LBC) was marketed as a security under the 1933 Securities Act.

November 2022 Ruling

On November 7, 2022, the U.S. District Court for the District of New Hampshire ruled in favor of the SEC, barring LBRY from offering "unregistered crypto asset securities." Furthermore, the court ordered LBRY to pay a $111,614 civil penalty to the SEC. The regulator initially sought a much larger penalty of $22 million but scaled it back, acknowledging that the now-defunct firm was incapable of paying such a sum.

LBRY's New Direction

In an apparent shift in direction, LBRY is now contesting the SEC's judgment. This decision is noteworthy in a climate where several prominent entities within the crypto industry, including Ripple and Grayscale, have scored significant legal victories against the SEC.