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Author Topic: [2014-08-07] Ben Lawsky's latest comments about Bitcoin Regulation in NY  (Read 772 times)
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August 11, 2014, 06:51:55 AM
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http://www.wcny.org/cpr080714/

Department of Financial Services Superintendent Benjamin Lawsky on Bitcoin, BNP Paribas, and financial regulation in New York.



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August 11, 2014, 11:06:54 PM
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Does anybody care what these facists say anymore?

The bitlicense proposal was so far to the right it is just obviously insane tyranny, that is hard to see how anybody even takes them seriously?

An open source coder in Bangalore needs to register if someone in NY might run their App .... wtf? gfy!

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An open source coder in Bangalore needs to register if someone in NY might run their App .... wtf? gfy!

I thought that kind of thing was an over-the-top exaggeration until I read a news notice posted at the Btcguild pool. Forgive me if this is not the right place to post it - I have not seen it elsewhere on the forum and the content seems very relevant.

"This news update is being made to remind all users that BTC Guild is not a bank. Leaving BTC anywhere that is not your own wallet is always a risk that is outside of your control. Automatic withdrawals should always be set to trigger at least once a week, if not more frequently for large users, limiting your exposure.

The above is also important as news comes out of the New York Department of Financial Services, with proposed regulations which are extremely broad. Under the current proposals (subject to public comment and revision), operating a pool within the US will be impossible to do legally without obtaining significant personal information on ALL users, not just those in the US. There would also be significant financial costs which would exceed the amount of money the pool has generated since inception. Since there is no way anybody will mine on a pool with those requirements, it means that any pool in the US will be forced to shut down, or operate illegally and hope they're ignored.

If the regulations are finalized (this is unlikely to happen for at least 3-4 months if not more) in a form that still applies to pools, the pool will be forced to shutdown. This news post is being made as notice that this is an exception to the stated 3-month closure window identified in our FAQ and the forum thread. If the regulations pass, the 3-month window will be reduced to 45 days due to legal requirement to cease operations prior to the regulations taking effect.

This warning is pre-emptive. Nothing has changed as of this news post, and I am still waiting on feedback from legal counsel regarding whether or not it is possible for New York to extend its reach into another state if the pool has users in it from New York. The applicability of long-arm statutes for internet-based business activity is extremely messy.

July 19, 2014"

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