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Book your introduction to blockchain antitrust

Dear readers, You work for an antitrust agency (anywhere in the world!) and you would like me to introduce #blockchainantitrust to your team? Send me an email at schrepel @ stanford.edu; happy to schedule a lecture with you. All the best, Thibault
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“Blockchain + Antitrust” is now available

Dear readers, “Blockchain + Antitrust” is officially out. The hardcover version is for sale on all platforms (Book Depository, Elgar, Amazon, Barnes, Thriftbooks…), and you can access the digital version in open-access at: https://www.elgaronline.com/view/9781800885523.xml. Read it, share it widely, make it yours! All the best, Thibault
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Blockchain + Antitrust: The Video

Here is a video I made to promote “Blockchain + Antitrust: The Decentralization Formula”. Transcript: In the beginning, there was… nothing. And then humans. And with humans came the technology. And laws. And laws regulating the technology. The first one they identified dates back to 1754 BC with the Code of Hammurabi, which regulated the...
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New book: “Blockchain + Antitrust”

Dear all, I’m beyond thrilled to announce that my book, “Blockchain + Antitrust”, is coming out later this month. I explore the relationship between blockchain and antitrust in it, analyze all existing cases, highlight the mutual benefits that stem from cooperation between the two and provide some perspective on how law and technology could cooperate...
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“Control = liability”: exploring Section 230, the DSA, Big Tech, Wikipedia and Blockchains

Control equals liability. Anyone who controls an area, product, or service—whether physical or digital—is responsible for what happens there (or with it). There are some exceptions to this rule, but the principle remains. For instance, the manager of a bar is liable if a customer trips over a case of wine. Similarly, the manager of...
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“Blockchain Code as Antitrust” in video

Dear all, Vitalik and I are very pleased to present you with this 12-minute video discussing (part of) our article entitled “Blockchain Code as Antitrust” (link). Thank you for watching!
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A dialogue between Darwin and a blockchain

One day, Darwin encountered a young public permissionless blockchain. Here is the transcript of their conversation (all Darwin’s quotes are directly taken from his book, “On the Origin of Species“): Narrator: The blockchain is concerned about not fitting in the existing framework. The blockchain is not a market and is not a firm (see this article)....
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The first case of “blockchain antitrust”: Gallagher v. Bitcointalk.org

We often talk about “history books” as if such things still existed, or mattered. Oh well, for what it’s worth, let me discuss the first (U.S.) case of blockchain antitrust. We long thought United American Corp. v. Bitmain was the one (read). In this case (filed in December 2018), United American Corp. acted against various firms (including those of prominent...
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NEW ARTICLE: “Blockchain Code as Antitrust” (co-authored with Vitalik Buterin)

I am absolutely delighted to let you know about the publication of a new article I co-authored with Vitalik Buterin (co-founder of the Ethereum): “Blockchain Code as Antitrust“. It starts from the following premise: the rule of law does not govern all human interactions. Against this background, one may want to rely on other means to increase...
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Analyzing one decade of blockchain litigation

Blockchain was first introduced by Satoshi Nakamoto with her/his/their article “Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System” published on October 31, 2008 (although… interestingly enough, Satoshi Nakamoto never used the word “blockchain” in the white paper). Hundreds of millions of transactions have since been implemented on it. This is me being sarcastic on Twitter:   Confirmed #Bitcoin transactions per day....
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Libra: A Concentrate of “Blockchain Antitrust”

Blockchain antitrust is a fascinating subject. The number of cases is rising (I will discuss that shortly), and antitrust agencies are slowly but surely starting to devote resources to the topic. With that in mind, I am delighted to publish my latest article entitled Libra: A Concentrate of “Blockchain Antitrust”. This is a short one (10 pages) dealing with a...
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The “Theory of Granularity” in videos

Dear readers, these past few weeks, I have been publishing videos in which I presented and explained the “The Theory of Granularity: A Path for Antitrust in Blockchain Ecosystems” (freely accessible on SSRN). This post puts them all in one place. Thank you for watching. Thibault. *** Video #1: Understanding the theory of the firm as used...
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