Did the IRS Just Help or Hurt the Bitcoin Economy?
Hot Trends in Federal Enforcement on the Web in 2013 from Ifrah Law Partners
Vermont. Early this month, Vermont’s governor formally asked a broad coalition of stakeholders to consider whether blockchain technology could be used to help manage state records. While still in its investigative stage,...more
On August 14, FinCEN issued an Administrative Ruling, FIN-2015-R001, determining that a company that: i) provides Internet-based brokerage services between buyers and sellers of precious metals; ii) buys and sells precious...more
Why it matters -
The AML compliance community is still wrestling to understand the full implications of an indictment filed against two men who allegedly operated a Bitcoin exchange that had not been registered as a...more
On July 21, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Preet Bharara, along with the Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Field Office of the FBI and the Special Agent-in-Charge of the New York Field Office...more
Domestic Developments -
Florida. Anthony Murgio and Yuri Lebedev, operators of bitcoin exchange service Coin.mx were arrested on July 21, 2015 for operating the exchange without a money transmission license. The U.S....more
The CRA recently provided its views on whether digital currency, including Bitcoins, are considered “specified foreign property” under the foreign property reporting rules in section 233.3 of the Income Tax Act.
Virtual currencies such as Bitcoin, once a novel means of exchange, have become so commonplace that in May of this year the New York Stock Exchange created a first-of-its-kind index (the “Index”) representing the U.S. dollar...more
On June 26, 2015, the ITC handed down its Commission Opinion in Certain Loom Kits for Creating Linked Articles, Inv. No. 337-TA-923, Comm’n Op. (Feb. 3, 2015) (hereinafter “Loom Kits ”), granting a general exclusion order. ...more
The June 22 FTC blog posting warning consumers about the use of bitcoins and other virtual currencies should be a call to action for those accepting or facilitating the acceptance of bitcoin and other virtual currencies in...more
Why it matters:
The New York Department of Financial Services (DFS) released the final regulations for the much-anticipated BitLicense, the first state regulatory regime designed specifically for virtual/digital currency...more
It’s tempting to think that Bitcoin services would be immune to patent litigation.
After all, Bitcoin protocol is open source and seems to be in the public domain. Satoshi Nakamoto, the pseudonymous designer of...more
The SEC issued an Investor Alert which says fantasy stock trading for small amounts of money can violate provisions of securities laws implemented by the Dodd-Frank Act. I bet the Congressional drafters of these provisions...more
The New York State Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) released final BitLicense regulations on June 3, 2015, almost eleven months after the initial BitLicense proposal was issued. The initial proposal went through two...more
In January 2014, Overstock.com became the first major online retailer to accept payment in bitcoin. Less than eighteen months later, Overstock is now the first company to offer qualified buyers the option of purchasing...more
After multiple proposals and significant industry comment, the NYDFS has released a final “BitLicense” framework that establishes a comprehensive licensing and regulatory regime for New York businesses engaged in activities...more
On June 3, New York’s departing superintendent of financial services, Benjamin Lawsky, revealed that the agency has adopted final regulations of the BitLicense, the regulatory framework in which digital currency firms operate...more
NYDFS Issues BitLicense Framework for Regulating Virtual Currency Firms -
The New York State Department of Financial Services issued final regulations requiring a so-called “BitLicense” and establishing minimum...more
Superintendent Lawsky Announces Final BitLicense Regulations -
New York State Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) Superintendent Benjamin Lawsky, at the BITS Emerging Payments Forum,...more
On May 5, 2015, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”) fined Ripple Labs Inc. (“Ripple Labs”) and its wholly owned subsidiary XRP Fund II LLC (“XRP II”) $700,000 for violations of the Bank Secrecy Act (“BSA”)....more
On May 29, 2015, after a lengthy criminal investigation and multi-week trial, Ross Ulbricht, the mastermind behind Silk Road—one of the most famous enterprises to utilize Bitcoin currency—was sentenced to life in prison in a...more
Bitcoin, the online “cryptocurrency,” is not just for anti-government doomsday fanatics and drug dealers. Seen everywhere from SEC filings, to state legislature hearings, to an episode of The Good Wife, it is both an...more
A weekly wrap up of interesting news about virtual worlds, virtual goods, and other social media.
In This Issue:
- Goldman a Lead Investor in Funding Round for Bitcoin Startup Circle
- Hands-on With...more
The New York Times reports that New York State’s top financial regulator has granted the first license to a Bitcoin exchange, allowing it to open legally to customers across the country....more
Please join Sheppard Mullin and Bird & Bird attorneys for cocktails and a discussion about the latest legal updates in digital media.
Topics covered will include:
- Net neutrality impact on digital media...more
Today’s computers encode data into bits – binary digits in one of two definite states, 0 or 1. Any calculation that needs to be performed with the bits is completed one at a time.
Quantum physicists are racing to...more
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