Yoichi Hirai resigned as editor of Ethereum, citing concerns that the controversial proposal could be regarded as a violation of criminal law. This is reported by CoinDesk.
The proposal EIP 867 involves the creation of a method that will better handle the lost funds on the platform.
Some EIP editors look nonchalant about legal consequences of this draft, but I have warned them, and I have no capacities to do anything more than warn them … I resign from the post of an EIP editor.
In the comments Hirai explained that this EIP can be regarded as a violation of the Japanese law "On the unauthorized creation of electromagnetic records".
I have a doubt that, if the proposal is followed in practice, the process might constitute a crime.
The law Hirai writes refers to cases of computer software fraud, in particular to the creation of data "for the purpose of undue interference in the affairs of another person".
Last week Hirai opposed the proposal, saying that it did not conform to the "philosophy of Ethereum" and thus violated the basic principles of the integration of the new code, prescribed in EIP-1.
Dan Filfer supports the introduction of EIP 867 D. 16,475 ETH, collected by his project Musiconomi through ICO, were frozen on Parity wallet last year.
Filfer's proposal was perceived ambiguously, and some developers decided to seek advice from the public.
Until then, Hirai was one of six Ethereum developers who have the right to make decisions about changing the platform code. Last year, he posted 5,219 publications on GitHub, which exceeds the combined number of publications of other editors.