Should there have been a Contract in place?
Open Letter to the #Steem Community
In light of the recent announcement regarding the purchase of #Steemit and the "Ninja Mined" #Steem Stake by Justin Sun from Ned Scott, I would like to reach out to the Community and share with you my thoughts.
First of all, I would like to once again express my best wishes to Ned and wish him all the success for the future.
Secondly, I would once again like to congratulate Justin Sun for the acquisition.
Thirdly, I would like to say a massive thanks to everyone who has supported the sale.
Over the past few weeks, I think it has been very clear to those that follow my Blog as to how I see and perceive things.
Sure, this kind of thing is not usually black and white and in this case I fully understand and appreciate both sides of the debate.
Setting aside the measures that have been taken to temporarily secure the #Steem in question until an Agreement has been reached, the purpose of this letter was to focus on any Contractual Agreement, whether in the past or in the future.
Assuming that the acquisition of #Steemit by Justin Sun from Ned has the full support of the #Steem Community, with the ownership of the "Ninja Mined" #Steem Stake the only item up for debate, I would like to raise two very simple questions and these are "...should there have been a Contract in place and if so, who would have signed it?"
From a pure contractual point of view, I would have said absolutely.
Sure, I totally understand that there was some sort of Verbal Agreement between Ned / #Steemit and the Community and / or that it was written down as an Intent, but sadly I am not convinced that this would stand up to scrutiny.
Having an Intent is one thing, but having a Contractual Agreement is a completely different ball game, not to mention under which jurisdiction it would be made in.
While the debate continues as to who actually owns the "Ninja Mined" #Steem Stake, whether it was Ned's to sell or the property of the #Steem Community, somewhere down the line if the transfer of this #Steem is agreed or not, will there be a Contract in place?
If so, who would sign it on behalf of the #Steem Community?
I have raised this now, purely to pave the way for any future Investor(s) wishing to take a large stake in #Steem.
Looking forward to receiving any comments you my have.