One of the leading developers Ethereum Yoichi Hirai declared withdrawal from the team of code editors, having expressed fears that suggestion for improvement of the protocol (EIP) for the standardized format of return of the lost means can potentially violate the law of Japan.
The described EIP 867 is the method that helps to accelerate the process of return of the lost means on the platform.
“Some editors of EIP, it seems, don’t think of legal consequences of this offer. I wanrned them and can do nothing else about the issue. I leave the position. I fear that if the offer is put into practice, it will become a crime.”
— the developer stated.
The developer doubts that someone has a right to carry out similar changes as users of Ethereum as a rule don’t know and can’t authorize process. According to him, the selected editors of EIP shouldn’t make changes to rules which will influence all community.
Last week Yoichi Hirai blocked the mentioned offer, having said that it’s against “Ethereum philosophy”. And though later he changed this point of view, nevertheless, from fears that EIP 867 could break laws, he didn’t refuse.
Before having left the team of editors, Yoichi Hirai was one of six developers having rights to accept changes in the OS of the platform. According to GitHub, he was very active in his role, made 5,219 additions – more than all other editors combined.