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To be fair, PayPal has released the funds in both of the instances you cited, although one has to wonder whether they would have budged if not for the media attention paid to their actions. Also, there are other crowdfunding options besides indiegogo, although indiegogo has a number of benefits over other options such as the lack of an “all or nothing” policy. I do think PayPal could be a problem, and if they start demanding more and more from start-ups just to release the funds that they have raised, PayPal almost becomes a regulatory organization that profits off holding other people’s money as long as possible. I’m not generally a fan of regulation, but if PayPal is going to behave in this manner, they should be regulated like any other financial institution. As it is they have the power to stop start-up companies in their tracks, and there is nothing to prevent it from happening at PayPal's whim.