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About Us

The P2P Rights Fund is a project housed within the Bitcoin Policy Institute, a 501(c)3 think tank. An advisory board including open-source developers, human rights activists, and lawyers oversees the fund’s activities.

Guiding Principles:

  1. Non-Regulation of Non-Custodial Tools as Financial Services (aka “No MSBs without Keys”)
    Development, maintenance, and enablement of non-custodial tools should not be regulated as “money transmission” or “money service business” under US law.

  2. Protection of Open-Source Software under the First Amendment
    The publication of open-source code for non-custodial Bitcoin tools is categorically protected by the First Amendment of the US Constitution, ensuring it remains immune from legal interference or censorship.

  3. Constitutional Rights to Use and Transact Bitcoin
    The right for Americans to self-custody bitcoin and to transact in a sovereign and private manner is fundamental, potentially protected by the First, Fourth, Fifth, Ninth, and Fourteenth Amendments of the US Constitution. Any regulatory or governmental actions that unduly burden these rights should be vigorously contested and overturned in court.

The litigation fund will proactively intervene in any legal proceedings where these guiding principles are at risk. Our strategy includes not only defending against unfavorable legal actions but also initiating cases that offer the best prospects for cementing these principles in law.

Moreover, we will collaborate with companies developing open-source non-custodial products to ensure that their innovations align with existing regulations while advocating for their rights under these principles. By combining legal action with strategic partnerships, the fund aims to foster a secure and thriving environment for non-custodial Bitcoin tools, ensuring they can operate effectively and without undue regulatory burden.


shapiro headshot Zack Shapiro
Executive Director

Advisory Board

Our advisory board is still expanding. Check back in the future for updates.

shapiro headshot Mike Brock
shapiro headshot James O’Beirne
Open Source Developer
shapiro headshot Desiree Dickerson