‘Secretly circulating’ draft crypto bill could be a ‘boon’ to DeFi
A new draft of the Digital Commodities Consumer Protection Act (DCCPA) bill has started to circulate online, with some commentary suggesting it could be positive for and crypto.
A prior draft version of the bill drew heavy for containing too broad a definition for a “digital commodity platform,” which “could be interpreted as a ban on decentralized finance (DeFi).”
In a newly 31-page draft bill shared by Delphi Labs’ general counsel Gabriel Shapiro, the lawyer said he made the draft bill publicly available as he believes in “transparency and open discussion.”
Shapiro remarked on a section amending the meaning of a “digital commodity trading facility” which excluded persons who develop or publish software, commenting that it “could be a boon” to DeFi and crypto.
Notably, this version contains a limited exception to the term “digital commodity trading facility” which would exclude persons who solely develop or publish software–this could be a boon to DeFi/crypto.
— _gabrielShapir0 (@lex_node)
Martin Hiesboeck, head of research at crypto exchange UpHold, that the newly released draft seems to follow and the United Kingdom, suggesting that the United States is “finally getting their act together.”
First impression: leaked Bill seems to follow UK/EU reg in broad strokes even though it uses similar somewhat different terminology. Will prepare a detailed report by tomorrow. US finally getting their act together. All good.
— Dr Martin Hiesboeck (@MHiesboeck)
The comments are a change of tone from the previous version of the bill, which was described by Web3 incubator and advocacy group Alliance DAO as one that “kills DeFi.”
The decentralized autonomous organization (DAO) wrote that the bill “creates a compliance architecture that precludes the concept of a system of smart contracts operating decentralized infrastructure with little or no reliance on human activity,” as it required people to enforce compliance with the regulations.
There have long regarding digital assets in the United States, with some to pass legislation defining commodities and giving jurisdiction to the CFTC.
First introduced in August the DCCPA of the Commodities Future Trading Commission (CFTC) on the cryptocurrency industry and attempts to define certain cryptos, such as Bitcoin () and Ether () as .