Ethereum developer Yoichi Hirai has resigned as one of the platform's code editors, citing concerns that a contentious proposal may be in violation of penal law.
Named EIP 867, the proposal defines a method to better facilitate the return of lost funds on the platform.
The law in question deals with cases of computer-based fraud, in particular the unlawful creation of data "with the intent to bring about improper administration of the matters of another person," a legal document states.
Last week, Hirai blocked the proposal due to its failure to align with the "ethereum philosophy," a requirement based on the code acceptance process, as detailed in EIP-1. The developer has since retracted those statements, writing: "I was able to ignore my interpretation of 'the ethereum philosophy' but I cannot ignore the penal code."
Prior to his resignation, Hirai was one of six ethereum developers with the rights to accept software changes onto the platform.
According to data on GitHub, Hirai was prolific in this role, with 5,219 contributions in the last year – a figure that tops the sum of all other editor contributions combined.
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