US Catawba Digital Economic Zone Proposes Recognizing DAOs As Non-Profits or LLCs

Updated by Kyle Baird
In Brief
  • The Catawba Digital Economic Zone (CDEZ) released a draft to the public, asking for commentary and feedback.
  • The draft calls for recognizing DAOs as unincorporated non-profit associations or limited liability companies.
  • The economic zone is hoping to attract businesses to the region.
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A United States Tribal Nation Economic Zone has drafted new regulation for DAOs. The draft proposes recognizing DAOs as unincorporated non-profit associations or limited liability companies.

A United States Tribal Nation Economic Zone has proposed new rules on Decentralized Autonomous Organizations (DAOs). The Catawba Digital Economic Zone (CDEZ) released a draft to the public on DAO regulation, welcoming commentary and feedback on the draft. The commentary is open until Sept. 10.

The draft focuses on such matters as the legality of DAOs and the economic potential of DAOs and wants to use the regulation to attract businesses to the region. Among other companies, it is looking at those working in the web3 space.

Specifically, it wants to recognize DAOs as unincorporated non-profit associations or limited liability companies. The CDEZ already set out regulations that defined digital assets in July.

By allowing DAOs to function as non-profit associations, they would be allowed to function with a lot more flexibility, following the style that they have functioned with so far as opposed to being required to meet any formal requirements.

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