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Cardano Creator Hoskinson Provides Update On ADA Security Concerns, Ripple CTO Shows Support

Ripple and Cardano seemed to put their differences aside as executives from both platforms united against the United States Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) ADA tokens security claims.

Recall that in one of our previous reports, Charles Hoskinson, the founder of Cardano (ADA), took to his Twitter handle to call for peace from the XRP community members.

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In the latest development, Charles and David Schwartz, Ripple’s Chief Technical Officer (CTO), challenged the SEC’s stance on ADA security claims in response to Bill Morgan’s tweet, questioning the validity of the SEC’s argument.

Bill Morgan’s Tweet That Sparked Reactions From Charles Hoskinson and Schwartz

Bill Morgan, the pro-XRP lawyer, took to his verified Twitter account to criticize the validity of the SEC’s assertion on security assets. The pro-XRP lawyer noted that the SEC seemed to ignore the nature of technological progress and innovation in the crypto industry.

In a bid to counter SEC’s claim implying ADA is security because IOHK improved the Cardano blockchain and released blogs to inform the public, Morgan made a relatable instance with smartphone updates, where the manufacturers continuously improve their mobile phone features via different upgrades and updating procedures.

The outspoken lawyer maintained that advertising a company’s product does not automatically make such a product a security asset. Per Morgan, if publicizing a product could imply such a product as a security asset, then similar logic should apply to the ongoing development of the Cardano blockchain.

Morgan tweeted, “Why does the SEC think that #ADA is security? Imagine you create a product and then you add some feature or capability that makes it better. This happened a lot in the history of smartphones. You announce this improvement and how it will increase demand for your product/1.”

In addition, Morgan stressed that the SEC’s allegation failed to incorporate ADA’s initial coin offering (ICO), which started in September 2015, and lasted until January 2017. Instead, the regulatory body appears more concerned about the SEC’s argument revolving primarily around secondary market sales on Coinbase after ADA’s listing in March 2021.

Read Also: Australian-Based Lawyer: Classifying Cardano (ADA) as a Security is a “Regulatory Conspiracy”

Hoskinson And Schwartz’s Reactions To Morgan’s Arguments

Hoskinson delved into Morgan’s argument to provide more clarification on ADA’s ICO. Per Cardano creator, ADA’s initial coin offering got hosted in Japan and never involved direct sales of ADA tokens. Instead, the ICO adopted the vouchers method, targeting specifically the Japanese market, priced in Yen and Bitcoin, with no participation from Americans.

The Cardano founder also noted that all ADA token purchases triggered by the Americans were 100% restricted to the coins’ secondary sales in 2021, implying that the Americans had no affiliation with the ICO in Japan.

Notably, Morgan maintained that the SEC’s jurisdictional reach would not extend to the ICO because of its nature and location. Per Morgan, the U.S. regulatory agency only adopted the security narrative due to its availability on US-based exchanges.

Read Also: Top Legal Expert: SEC Tagging Cardano (ADA) a Security is a Weak Claim

Joining the discussion, David Schwartz, the Chief Technical Officer at Ripple, pinpointed the SEC’s stance on ICO transactions and secondary sales.

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Schwartz also proposed that the SEC’s perspective could be that the ICO depicted a securities offering, albeit one that fell outside their jurisdiction due to the lack of any concrete connections to the United States.

Intriguingly, Schwartz revealed that the SEC had previously exempted secondary sales from securities guidelines and principles, begging the question of what could have constituted the investment contract that would subject ADA to security classification.


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Chinedu Agbakwusi
Chinedu Agbakwusi
Chinedu Agbakwusi is a medical student at the prestigious Nnamdi Azikiwe University with sound knowledge of the crypto space. I am here to be a reliable plug for well-researched crypto content ranging from crypto news to market analyses and blockchain inventions.
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