Coinbase & Kik to Launch Anti-SEC Foundation

The $5M backed DefendCrypto Foundation intends to cover legal costs of the proceedings with the SEC; at the 1st stage, they want Kik to win and set a precedent
29 May 2019   705

The largest US cryptocurrency company Coinbase and startup Kik announced the launch of a special fund to cover legal costs in the proceedings with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). This was announced by CEO Kik Ted Livingston, writes Unchained.

The Foundation was named DefendCrypto, and the partners of the initiative were the startup Circle, the platform ShapeShift, the analytical portal Messari and the non-profit organization for the protection of free Internet Fight for the Future.

The Coinbase custody service will be used to store the assets of the fund. At the moment, Kin has already allocated over $ 5 million in favor of the fund in BTC, ETH, KIN and other cryptocurrencies.

The startup also encourages community members to join the initiative. If the amount of funds raised exceeds the legal costs of the proceedings with the Commission, they will be directed to other support for other projects.

We need to let the SEC know that we won’t be pushed around anymore. It is time to Defend Crypto.


At the beginning of the year, Kik announced that he intended to challenge the SEC decision on recognizing the project token as a security.

In the course of this trial, the startup and partners of the initiative intend to set a precedent in the context of applying the “new Howey test” to cryptocurrencies.

For the future of crypto, we all need Kin to win. This case will set a precedent and could serve as the new Howey Test for how cryptocurrencies are regulated in the United States. That’s why Kin set up the Defend Crypto fund to ensure that the funds are there to do this the right way. Kin has already spent over $5MM and is committing another $5MM of BTC, ETH, and KIN in a Coinbase account to fight this out on behalf of the industry.


DefendCrypto emphasizes that the impending trial is crucial for the entire digital currency industry.

When we speak to people in the industry, we need to stop living under this cloud of fear, what will the SEC think? What will the SEC think? Because we all know [crypto] is the next mega-trend of technology and by always having to ask ourselves, 'What will the SEC think?,' we are giving ourselves a fundamental handicap to compete on the global stage. Enough is enough, we need clarity, and the only way we’re going to get clarity is if we go to court, so let’s do that.

Ted Livingston

Founder, Kin Foundation

Last year, the Commission began a large-scale investigation of ICO projects. 

P. Durov Called to Testify in SEC vs Telegram Case

To testify, Durov will choose the date of January 7 or 8, 2020 and the address agreed by the participants in the process
26 November 2019   219

Telegram founder Pavel Durov and two company employees must come to testify during the current trial with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), CoinDesk writes referring to a document signed on November 25 by Judge Peter Kevin Castel of the New York Southern District Court. .

According to the document, to testify, Durov will choose the date of January 7 or 8, 2020 and the address agreed by the participants in the process. The main meeting at which the legal status of the Gram token will be decided is still scheduled for late February.

Also on December 16 in London, testimony should be given by Telegram Vice President Ilya Perekopsky, presumably responsible for contacts with investors during tokensales. The third person called to pre-testify on December 10 in London is Syam Pareh, a Telegram employee, whose name is indicated in the documents for investors.