SushiSwap (SUSHI), a community-led suite of decentralized finance (DeFi) tools, plans to implement a legal structure aimed at mitigating risks for token holders and members of the Sushi protocol.
Sushi’s new legal structure will be based on a community-approved proposal from March 20 that cited the need for an association or foundation to help provide legal clarity and administrative support for SushiDAO.
Proposal: Sushi Legal Structure— veRSK (@KartelCrypto) March 20, 2022
To form an association or a foundation for Sushi DAO in order to provide clarity regarding the rights and obligations of token holders and contributors and limit their liability and mitigate the future risk.$SUSHI https://t.co/SHpKcpvjqP
According to the proposer and a member of the SushiSwap community, Tangle, the intended foundation will play a key role in limiting the liability for contributors and, as a result, drive Sushi’s future growth.
Sushi contributor @KartelCrypto (veRSK) told Cointelegraph that the proposal aims to addresses functional issues such as day-to-day payments of running costs and ownership of assets.
Considering the possibility of risk mitigation and liability limitation via legal clarity for holders and contributors, the proposal received a 100% vote for the implementation of the legal structure.
According to veRSK, if the community decides to put it forward to snapshot, it will be fleshed out and voted on formally for implementation. "This process will take circa 2 - 4 weeks," he added.
In addition to addressing the functional issues, veRSK revealed that the proposal will further "provide a structure for onboarding and will offer a layer of protection to our contributors moving forward." Tangle estimates an upfront expense of up to $100,000 and a recurring cost of $10,000 to set up the foundation:
“There are several jurisdictions which can be contemplated for forming a DAO entity, but Swiss Association law is currently the leading solution.”
In order to build the foundation, the Sushi community will implement a four-step process which includes determining and establishing the members, token distribution and transfer along with the draft articles of the foundation.
The proposal also includes the need for service entities including “DevCo services entity and any other core contributor entities.” Individuals residing in crypto-friendly jurisdictions will be considered ideal candidates for being a member of the foundation.
Adding to the discussion, community members highlighted the importance of defining the foundation’s use and what it owns:
“It’s definitely a must, it’s really the time for Sushi to update itself and to have a legal shield ready for all contributors.”
As smaller crypto communities slowly seep into the mainstream, foundations play a crucial role in dictating the future roadmap and relevance of the project. In an attempt to sieve imitators, the Dogecoin Foundation registered “Doge,” “Dogecoin,” and its associated logos as trademarks in the European Union.
Much success.— Dogecoin Foundation (@DogecoinFdn) March 2, 2022
It's a small victory that seems so very irrelevant given all that's currently happening in the world, but it's an important step.
Thank you @DACBeachcroft (& for this: @PageWhite_IP Germany), as well as @MosesSingerLLP for their representation in the USA. ♥️ 1/ pic.twitter.com/nufaJLUSFG
As Cointelegraph reported, the Dogecoin Foundation faced numerous issues with the misuse of its name and imagery. According to ex-director Ross Nicoll, several parties were registering trademarks for Dogecoin, and “in the summer of 2021, there was a potential lawsuit against the developers from someone who claimed we were responsible for their funds.”