Pillsbury Social Media, Entertainment & Technology Team

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McLean, Virginia 22102-4856, United States

Contact: James Gatto

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Bitcoin Game Changer?

Former Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, BNP Paribas and Societe Generale bankers have announced a new futures and options derivatives-trading platform for bitcoin. The derivatives, tied to the price of bitcoin, will enable…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Science, Computers, & Technology, Securities Law

Colorado Bill Targets Internet Sweepstakes Cafés and Similar Establishments

Colorado House Bill 1047 would make internet sweepstakes cafés illegal under Colorado law. The law declares that internet sweepstakes cafés and similar establishments in which simulated gambling devices are used to award prizes…more
| Administrative Law, Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Communications & Media Law, Science, Computers, & Technology

California Still Unsure About Bitcoin Regulation

Unlike New York, Kansas, and Texas, which have either published proposed regulations or formal guidance, some states, such as California, have indicated that they are still trying to determine whether Bitcoin and other virtual…more
| Finance & Banking, Science, Computers, & Technology

Not So Silky Road

The founder of Silk Road, the black market website where illegal goods were bought with bitcoin, was found guilty on all 7 counts, including money laundering, drug trafficking and computer hacking. While this is an unfortunate…more
| Communications & Media Law, Criminal Law, Finance & Banking, Science, Computers, & Technology

NH House Introduces Bill to Exempt Certain Users of VC From The Money Transmitter Licensing Requirements

On January 8, 2015, New Hampshire House Bill 356 was introduced, proposing to exempt persons using private virtual currencies for internet commerce from the licensing requirements for money transmitters. H.B. 356 would define…more
| Communications & Media Law, Finance & Banking, Science, Computers, & Technology

Major Financial Institutions Show Support For Bitcoin by Investing in Coinbase

Coinbase, the self-proclaimed world's most popular bitcoin wallet provider, announced on January 20th that it raised $75 million in a Series C financing, which brings Coinbase's total capital raised to $106 million. The round…more
| Communications & Media Law, Finance & Banking, Science, Computers, & Technology

FinCEN Addresses Illegal Sports Betting

FinCEN issued an alert indicating that certain organizations and individuals have been circumventing various laws related to sports betting, including by permitting "third-party betting" and reminding the industry about the…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Communications & Media Law, Finance & Banking

Stop Calling Me: Can Consumers Waive The Right to Revoke Consent under the TCPA

The Telephone Consumer Protection Act permits companies to make telephone solicitations using autodialers and pre-recorded messages once they have a consumer’s consent to do so. Many authorities have suggested that such consent…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Communications & Media Law, Consumer Protection

Court Finds Poker Game Management Patents Valid Under Section 101

In denying a motion for summary judgment of invalidity under Section 101, the court stated: "An inability to articulate an abstract idea to which claims are directed may be a clue that those claims satisfy Section 101." The…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Another Court Declares Terms of Service Provisions Unenforceable - Are Yours?

Too many companies/lawyers treat website Terms of Service (TOS) as boilerplate agreements that no one reads. Many companies simply put a link at the bottom of the homepage. This approach continues to prove ineffective, as courts…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Communications & Media Law, Science, Computers, & Technology

FDA Draft Guidance Would Ease Regulatory Burdens for Certain mHealth Applications

On August 1, 2014, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released draft guidance that would exempt from premarket 510(k) review many low-risk medical devices--including certain mobile applications that can convert a cell phone…more
| Health, Science, Computers, & Technology

Dell Joins a Growing List of Retailers Accepting Bitcoin

On Friday, Michael Dell, CEO of Austin-based Dell Inc., announced on twitter that Dell.com is now accepting Bitcoin as a direct payment option for consumers and small businesses in the U.S. Other major companies, such as…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Science, Computers, & Technology

U.S. Government Begins First Ever Bitcoin Auction

As reported in our earlier post, the U.S. Government has begun its first ever auction of Bitcoins. The Bitcoins to be auctioned were seized in connection with the shutdown of the Silk Road - the "dark net" site that served as a…more
| Finance & Banking, Science, Computers, & Technology

Bitcoin Mining Firm Consistently Attaining Control of the Market

Bitcoin mining firm GHash is reportedly consistently attaining over 51% of all of the hashing power of all Bitcoin miners. As a decentralized currency, Bitcoin depends on an open ledger called the "block chain" to track every…more
| Finance & Banking, Science, Computers, & Technology, Securities Law

FTC Calls for Action on Big Data

Following an 18-month investigation into the practices and operations of data brokers, the Federal Trade Commission has issued a voluminous report calling for legislation to regulate the industry in the interests of consumer…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Communications & Media Law, Consumer Protection, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology
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