Internet Archive to Pay Employees in Bitcoin – Donations Needed

indexThe Internet Archive made a surprising announcement yesterday:

As Bitcoin is becoming the “local currency” of the Internet, then the Internet Archive would like to help support it and use it.    In the last 2 years, over 300 people have graciously donated bitcoins to the Internet Archive.

Some Internet Archive employees have elected to receive some of their pay in Bitcoin in April. If this is successful we hope to make it a continuing option.

And they need your help.

Rather than use their current dollars to convert to Bitcoin, the IA is asking for donations in Bitcoin to cover the payroll expenses. While the IA has been receiving donations in Bitcoin these past couple years, the total sum is only around $5,000. That’s barely enough to cover a few paychecks, much less someone’s yearly salary.

The IA has posted their Bitcoin address, and it appears to be this: 17gN64BPHtxi4mEM3qWrxdwhieUvRq8R2r

Given the complex nature of that address, I make no promises that it is accurate.

As you might know, Bitcoin is a decentralized digital currency. Unlike other currencies it is not issued by any single source. That means it has no single point of control and thus no way for certain users (or countries) to be blocked from using it.

I wonder how the IA plans to handle income tax and other other federal and state withholdings? I’m not sure that any government agency is prepared (or even allowed) to accept anything other than US dollars, and that means that the employees will likely need to be paid in a hybrid plan, thus complicating the payroll system.

Any thoughts?

Nate Hoffelder

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder of The Digital Reader. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills weekly. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.


  1. ucfgrad9322 February, 2013

    “Any thoughts?”

    Yeah, if someone tried to pay me in Bitcoin, I’d tell them to shove off. “In God we trust, all others pay cash.”

  2. Moriah Jovan23 February, 2013

    I’d take my pay in Bitcoin, silver, and/or gold, in that order.

    1. Moriah Jovan23 February, 2013

      Irp. No, not in that order. My bad. I was thinking silver, then gold.

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