# DAO Legal Resource - DAOtalk * compilation of [Resource List - DAO Legal - 🌱 Ecosystem / Legal - DAOtalk](https://daotalk.org/t/resource-list-dao-legal/533/12) ## Lists of Readings ### Compendiums * [Publications on the subject of the legal status of The DAO](https://daowiki.atlassian.net/wiki/spaces/DAO/pages/5996567/Publications+on+the+subject+of+the+legal+status+of+The+DAO) * [Blockchain- and Cryptocurrency-Related Legal Issues: A Research Roadmap](http://blockchainforlawstudents.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/Roadmap0712.pdf) * [Crypto Law Review – Medium journal](https://medium.com/cryptolawreview) * [Most Cited Decentralized Autonomous Organization Publications](https://blockchainlibrary.org/2017/10/most-cited-decentralized-autonomous-organization-publications/) * [Fintech, Bitcoins, Blockchains, Decentralized autonomous organizations (DAOs): the future is bright, the future is decentralized](https://jusletter-it.weblaw.ch/en/dam/publicationsystem/articles/Jusletter-IT/2017/flash/fintech,-bitcoins,-b_0c30331c5a/Jusletter-IT_fintech,-bitcoins,-b_0c30331c5a_en.pdf) ### Public sources * [SEC Report of Investigation Pursuant to Section 21(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934: The DAO](https://www.sec.gov/litigation/investreport/34-81207.pdf) * [Legal framework for distributed ledger technology and blockchain in Switzerland](https://www.mme.ch/fileadmin/files/documents/Publikationen/2018/181207_Bericht_Bundesrat_Blockchain_Engl.pdf) * [Application of Howey to Blockchain network token sales](https://tlu.tarilabs.com/digital-assets/howey-application-to-blockchain/MainReport.html) ### Overviews from legal firms * [“Decentralized Autonomous Organizations” by Allen & Overy](http://www.allenovery.com/publications/en-gb/Pages/Decentralized-Autonomous-Organizations.aspx) * [“Report: Blockchain, smart contracts and DAO” by Wardyński & Partners](https://www.wardynski.com.pl/en/w_publication/blockchain-smart-contracts-and-dao/) * [“SMART CONTRACTS: Is the Law Ready?” by DLA Piper](https://www.dlapiper.com/~/media/files/people/tank-margo/smart-contracts-is-the-law-ready-web.pdf) * [“Legal Aspects of Smart Contract Applications” by Perkins Coie LLP](https://www.virtualcurrencyreport.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/13/2017/05/Perkins-Coie-LLP-Legal-Aspects-of-Smart-Contracts-Applications.pdf) ### Misc articles * [“Deconstructing the DAO: the need for legal recognition and the application of securities laws to Decentralized Organizations” by Laila Metjahic](http://cardozolawreview.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/METJAHIC.39.4.pdf) * [“Blockchain and the Law: A Critical Evaluation” by João Pedro Quintais, Balázs Bodó, Alexandra Giannopoulou and Valeria Ferrari](https://stanford-jblp.pubpub.org/pub/blockchain-and-law-evaluation) * [“Legal aspects of the Decentralized Autonomous Organizations” by Aleksei Gudkov](https://www.researchgate.net/publication/313368120_Legal_Aspects_and_Distributed_Character_of_the_Decentralized_Network_Organization) * [“The Decentralized Autonomous Organizations (DAO) and Ethereum: self-regulation taken to new heights” by Jim Apollo Mathiopoulos](https://www.deakin.edu.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0007/629296/News-Item-2_DAO.pdf) * [“ICO’s, DAO’s, and the SEC: A Partnership Solution” by Ori Oren](https://cblr.columbia.edu/icos-daos-and-the-sec-a-partnership-solution/) * [“Bitcoin and the Blockchain as Possible Corporate Governance Tools: Strengths and Weaknesses” by Fiammetta S. Piazza](https://elibrary.law.psu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1163&amp;context=jlia) * [“DAOs, Democracy and Governance” by Ralph C. Merkle](http://merkle.com/papers/DAOdemocracyDraft.pdf) * [“Legal Personhood: Animals, Artificial Intelligence and the Unborn” by Visa A.J. Kurki and Tomasz Pietrzykowski](https://www.researchgate.net/publication/318020027_Legal_Personhood_Animals_Artificial_Intelligence_and_the_Unborn) * [“Corporate Governance and Blockchains” by David Yermack](https://academic.oup.com/rof/article/21/1/7/2888422) * [“The Decentralized Autonomous Organization” by Felix Fuith](http://www.llmlawreview.com/2018/11/16/the-decentralized-autonomous-organization/) * [“The Rise of Decentralized Autonomous Organizations: Coordination and Growth within Cryptocurrencies” by Ying-Ying Hsieh](https://ir.lib.uwo.ca/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=7386&amp;context=etd) * [“Legal Recognition of Blockchain Registries and Smart Contracts” by Dr Robert Herian](https://www.eublockchainforum.eu/sites/default/files/research-paper/legal_recognition_of_blockchain_registries_and_smart_contracts_final_draft_report_appendix.pdf) * [“Malta: Legal Personality For Blockchains, DAOs And Smart Contracts” by Max Ganado](http://www.mondaq.com/x/707696/fin+tech/Legal+Personality+For+Blockchains+DAOs+And+Smart+Contracts) * [“Decentralized autonomous organizations and the law” by Amanda Langwagen Elfstroem](https://gupea.ub.gu.se/bitstream/2077/57602/1/gupea_2077_57602_1.pdf) * [“Rule of Law Versus Rule of Code: A Blockchain-Driven Legal World” by Gabrielle Patrick and Anurag Bana](https://www.ibanet.org/Document/Default.aspx?DocumentUid=73B6073F-520D-45FA-A29B-EF019A7D7FC9) * [“A Legal Primer to the Age of Crypto-Governance: Smart Contracts, Decentralized Autonomous Organizations and Initial Coin Offerings” by Meric Sar](https://www.academia.edu/32879251/A_Legal_Primer_to_the_Age_of_Crypto-Governance_Smart_Contracts_Decentralized_Autonomous_Organizations_and_Initial_Coin_Offerings) * [“The Tao of The DAO: Taxing an Entity That Lives on a Blockchain” by David J. Shakow](https://scholarship.law.upenn.edu/faculty_scholarship/2009/) * [“If Rockefeller Were a Coder” by Carla L. Reyes](https://www.gwlr.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/87-Geo.-Wash.-L.-Rev.-373.pdf) ### Video * [“Legal compliant DAOs” by Qianchen Yu](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gv81W2Xc6C0) * [“Legal DeFi” by Jacek Czarnecki](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OXZcRNiZd70) * [“Legal Personality” by Huge Karp](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KcpiBcYCZxg) * [Primavera de Fillipi (author of Blockchain and the Law)](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=up9uYx-RkUs&amp;t=2s) * [EB125 – Florian Glatz: Defining A Legal Framework For Decentralized Autonomous Organizations (DAO)](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q5V01d3sp80) * [EB135 – Stephen Palley: Lawmodynamics And How To Sue A DAO](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uEbFX1M-DT4) ### Uncategorized * [Guide to bookkeeping Grants from the Genesis DAO](https://docs.google.com/document/d/1lDo_xQC3h9FMMjBtaG-WtfqzuhtiqAehBfIwZMck8Q4/edit) * [Computational Law Research and Development at MIT: Blockchain Based LLC](http://law.mit.edu/bbllc) * [June 2019: dOrg Launches First Limited Liability DAO](https://www.gravelshea.com/2019/06/dorg-launches-first-limited-liability-dao/) * [dOrgTech/LL-DAO (Limited Liability DAO) / BBLLC research (GitHub)](https://github.com/dOrgTech/LL-DAO/) * [Revenue Split Machine 2](https://link.medium.com/bqYabW79aZ) * [Matt Lockyear – Partially Decentralized Organizations](https://hackernoon.com/partially-decentralized-organizations-fed25bdfcaa2) * [German: The organized organization: Thoughts inspired by Blockchain technology on basic questions of organizational law 3](https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/469891879605895188/611878627813883905/REL_2019_04_65-71_Buech.pdf) * [Megan Knab – DAO Accounting](https://medium.com/veriledger/dao-accounting-dc496e6fb57f) * [SEC – How We Howey](https://www.sec.gov/news/speech/peirce-how-we-howey-050919) * [wiseGEEK – What is a Swiss Verein?](https://m.wisegeek.com/what-is-a-swiss-verein.htm) * [The Law of the Platform by Orly Lobel 1](http://www.minnesotalawreview.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/Lobel.pdf) * [Of Bitcoins, Independently Wealthy Software, and the Zero-Member LLC by Shawn Bayern](https://scholarlycommons.law.northwestern.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?referer=https://www.google.com/&httpsredir=1&article=1009&context=nulr) * [Coase’s Penguin, or, Linux and The Nature of the Firm by Yochai Benkler 1](https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/53e0/160e437cb3d0e0d3689aec189df81c8afeee.pdf) * [Algorithmic Entities by Lynn M. LoPucki](https://openscholarship.wustl.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=6319&context=law_lawreview) * [Company Law and Autonomous Systems: A Blueprint for Lawyers, Entrepreneurs, and Regulators 1](https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/1349/612d2929ef34aba57dd55ec44ac4dc333c98.pdf) * [David Shapiro - Taxation and Regulation of Decentralized Exchanges 1](https://www.civicresearchinstitute.com/online/PDF/JTI-3601-01-Exchanges.pdf) * [US Treasury Department - Eric Powers Enforcement Act (BTC <> Fiat money transmitter) ](https://www.fincen.gov/sites/default/files/enforcement_action/2019-04-18/Assessment%20Eric%20Powers%20Final%20for%20Posting%2004.18.19_1.pdf) * [Otonomos - Legal Entity service provider](https://otonomos.com/) * [InformDirect - How Share Redemptions Work](https://www.informdirect.co.uk/shares/share-redemptions-explained/) * [FinCEN - Guidance on Convertible Virtual Currencies](https://www.fincen.gov/sites/default/files/2019-05/FinCEN%20Guidance%20CVC%20FINAL%20508.pdf) * [dOrg presents “Legal DAOs” at DAOfest](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BTZMRR1YRyo) * [Dee Hock - Birth of the Chaordic Age](https://www.amazon.de/Birth-Chaordic-Age-VISA-Organization/dp/1576750744) * [Wikipedia - Chaordic Orgs](https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chaordic_organization) * [Preston Bryne - The LAO, demysified](https://prestonbyrne.com/2019/09/03/the-lao-demystified/) * [Bylined Articles - Revised Uniform Unincorporated Nonprofit Association Act Provides Clarification for Rules of Conduct](https://www.mmwr.com/bylined-article/revised-uniform-unincorporated-nonprofit-association-act-provides-clarification-for-rules-of-conduct/) * [Georgia Legal Code - Actions against unincorporated association; service of process; venue](https://law.justia.com/codes/georgia/2010/title-9/chapter-2/article-2/9-2-25/) * [Gabriel Shapiro - Tokenizing Corporate Capital Stock](https://gabrielshapiro.wordpress.com/2018/10/28/2/) * [Wikipedia - Temporary Autonomous Zone](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Temporary_Autonomous_Zone) * [Blockchain Strategy of the Federal German Government - English edition](https://www.bmwi.de/Redaktion/EN/Publikationen/Digitale-Welt/blockchain-strategy.pdf?__blob=publicationFile&v=2) * [DAO Legal Blog / Canvas](https://daotalk.org/t/dao-and-legal-a-blog-post-series/967)[Commonwealth Discussion: Legally Compliant DAO Types](https://commonwealth.im/edgeware/proposal/discussion/155-what-types-of-legally-compliant-daos-are-there?utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=What%20Types%20of%20Legally%20Compliant%20DAOs%20Are%20There) * [Autark Presents: DAOs and Cooperatives](https://blog.autark.xyz/daos-and-cooperatives/) * [Metacartel DAO LLC Whitepaper 6](https://github.com/metacartel/MCV/blob/master/Whitepaper.pdf) * [ZeroLaw Augmentation Paper](https://github.com/zerolawtech/ZAP-Tech/blob/master/docs/papers-and-research/ZAP-Whitepaper.md)