Did the IRS Just Help or Hurt the Bitcoin Economy?
Hot Trends in Federal Enforcement on the Web in 2013 from Ifrah Law Partners
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
On March 10, 2015, the New Jersey Division of Taxation issued Technical Advisory Memorandum TAM-2015-1, explaining its policy regarding convertible virtual currency.
- The IRS has held that convertible virtual currency...more
On February 18, the U.S. Marshals Service announced that it will auction 50,000 bitcoins seized from wallet files found on computer hardware belonging to Ross Ulbricht, who was recently convicted in connection with his...more
The use of Bitcoin has both legal and potentially illegal applications. Bitcoin is just a contemporary version of the Informal Value Transfer System, (“IVTS”) which in some countries is known as the Hawala. The IVTS has been...more
The Commission recently filed an amicus brief defending its Dodd-Frank whistleblower rules. Those rules specify that the anti-retaliation provisions of those amendments to the Exchange Act protect those who chose not to...more
ESMA Publishes Implementing Rules for MiFID II -
The European Securities and Markets Authority issued its final technical advice and initiated a consultation regarding proposed regulatory and technical standards...more
The recently formed Emerging Payments Task Force of the Conference of State Bank Supervisors (CSBS) issued a proposed policy on state virtual currency regulation on Dec. 16, 2014 (the “Policy”). The Policy identifies core...more
The Bitcoin Marketplace and Regulatory Environment: An Overview -
Startup companies and financial products focused on bitcoin continue to burgeon, resulting in various regulators recently proposing regulations, making...more
In this issue:
- Delaware Chancery Court Declines to Dismiss Fraud Claims Against Private Equity Fund and Directors
- Agencies Amend Regulatory Capital and Liquidity Coverage Ratio Rules
- FINRA Proposes...more
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