Considering HEX is free for BTC holders, would the best argument (conspiracy theory, really) against claiming that Richard is working with authorities and that the snapshot will somehow help with KYC. In other words, weeding out anonymous BTC holders
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Possibly the main reason is because it could have legal consequences, if it was the contract that gave you anything. This way you are incentivized to either take/mint what's yours by your own decision. And it also allows for an additional cool game theory feature (redistributive penalties).
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