“Asking someone to sign a contract before having sex is a little uncomfortable”
LegalThings has created an app (LegalFling ) that is designed “to allow people to record their agreement to consensual behavior in the bedroom, but without having to produce a pen and paper in the middle of a romantic moment”.
According to LegalFling website, the company states that sex should not only be fun, it should ‘also be safe for everyone’ and if you receive a request on the app and you press accept, in effect a signature would be stored and referred back to the terms of the legal contract contained within the app.
“Asking someone to sign a contract before having sex is a little uncomfortable,” LegalThings CEO Rick Schmitz said in a press release for the app. “With LegalFling, a simple swipe to consent is enough to legally justify the fling.”
LegalThings notes that giving consent through the app will be much like “sending a WhatsApp message that indicates privileges.” According to a Gizmodo post, LegalThings team member Martijn Broersma said that Live Contracts create a proof of existence, which means “both parties will hold an immutable version of the explicit consent / contract.”
Essentially, after each partner agrees to what they are/are not comfortable with sexually, those notes are time-stamped in the blockchain, which it claims will guarantee your privacy.
Consent can also be withdrawn at the touch of button, effectively ending the legal agreement.
In an interview with Artificial Lawyer, co-founders Rick Schmitz and Arnold Daniels, explained that the LegalFling app is really just a Proof of Concept (PoC) for the team’s underlying ‘Live Contract’ technology, which is aimed – very seriously – at the world of commercial legal contracts, an area they want to radically change. And as part of the strategy to share the technology, the company will be undergoing an Initial Coin Offering (ICO), with their LTO token classified as a payment toward a software licence that people can purchase with the tokens.
LegalFling still needs approval to be added to Apple and Google Androids app stores, as well as win the support of consenting adults who want to protect themselves in an age of casual sexual uncertainty and technology.