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LBRY Inc. Concedes Legal Battle to SEC, Faces Uncertain Future

LBRY Inc., the company known for its decentralized, open-source platform, has reluctantly ended its legal dispute with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), resulting in a substantial financial burden. The company now grapples with multimillion-dollar debts owed to the SEC, its legal counsel, and a private creditor.

After a protracted legal battle with the SEC concerning the LBRY token, the company has chosen to abandon its appeal against the regulatory agency’s decision. As part of the settlement, LBRY Inc.’s assets, including its flagship app Odysee, will be placed under receivership. Notably, all executives, employees, and board members of the company have resigned, pledging to fulfill any outstanding legal obligations.

The immediate future of the LBRY network now lies in uncertainty, as LBRY Inc. conceded in a recent statement: “Decentralization isn’t magic – it only works if enough people use it.” The network’s survival may depend on widespread user adoption.

Despite the company’s closure, Odysee, serving over six million users monthly, continues to operate and remains highly regarded in the web3 social media landscape. However, the disposition of Odysee’s assets and its network affiliation remains unclear.

While it is probable that Odysee’s assets will find a new custodian willing to resume its growth, it remains uncertain whether Odysee will retain its ties to the LBRY network, shift to another cryptocurrency network, or transition to a traditional web2 platform.

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The LBRY blockchain, which has hosted over 1.7 million identities and 30 million pieces of content, will persist as long as it is actively mined. However, the continued availability of content will hinge on Odysee’s decision regarding LBRY network utilization. If Odysee opts to discontinue its use of LBRY, content not actively seeded by other users may become inaccessible.

LBRY Inc.’s closure undoubtedly represents a significant setback for the company. Nevertheless, the future trajectory of the LBRY network and Odysee remains in the hands of its users. As the company emphasized, “Ultimately, this will be decided by users, not by us, and we encourage users to wait and see.”

The conclusion of this legal battle underscores the complex regulatory landscape facing cryptocurrency projects and the importance of widespread adoption for the survival of decentralized networks.

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