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Ricardian contracts were initially used in a bond trading and payment system called Ricardo. The fundamental idea behind this contract is to write a document that is understood and accepted by both a court of law and computer software. Ricardian contracts address the challenge of the issuance of value over the internet. A Ricardian contract identifies the issuer and captures all the terms and clauses of the contract in a document to make it acceptable as a legally binding contract.
- It is a contract offered by an issuer to holders
- It is a valuable right held by holders and managed by the issuer
- It can be easily read by people (like a contract on paper) ...