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May 02, 2012, 08:45:37 PM
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Hello Community,

The legality surrounding Bitcoin is often confusing, and this has hampered both Bitcoin startups and venture investments into this industry. This is only natural, as Bitcoin is a phenomenon without precedent, and transcends national borders.

To help our company with this, we've brought on board Patrick Murck, from the Seattle area as Director of Legal Affairs. He's an attorney and Principal at Engage Legal, a "gamification pioneer," and virtual economy expert. Patrick has significant experience in digital currencies, and brings his knowledge of regulatory issues governing the use of virtual economies and alternative payment systems to BitInstant.

He will also be joining this forum as 'virtuallylaw' and contributing to the Legal sub-board, so please welcome him to the community. .

His expertise will help us move into new markets and cover our butts on the current ones Wink Patrick's as excited about Bitcoin as we are, and he's greatly looking forward to fighting the good fight with us.

Time is Money!

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Hello Community,

The legality surrounding Bitcoin is often confusing, and this has hampered both Bitcoin startups and venture investments into this industry. This is only natural, as Bitcoin is a phenomenon without precedent, and transcends national borders.

To help our company with this, we've brought on board Patrick Murck, from the Seattle area as Director of Legal Affairs. He's an attorney and Principal at Engage Legal, a "gamification pioneer," and virtual economy expert. Patrick has significant experience in digital currencies, and brings his knowledge of regulatory issues governing the use of virtual economies and alternative payment systems to BitInstant.

He will also be joining this forum as 'virtuallylaw' and contributing to the Legal sub-board, so please welcome him to the community. .

His expertise will help us move into new markets and cover our butts on the current ones Wink Patrick's as excited about Bitcoin as we are, and he's greatly looking forward to fighting the good fight with us.

Time is Money!

-Charlie
Get him in contact with the CLAG too! Smiley

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I'm sure we'll be in touch as soon as I get done with these exams/papers this week.
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Thanks Charlie!

As a new member of the community here, I'm hoping I can learn from you all and contribute something meaningful along the way.

Looking forward to the challenges ahead and fighting for a sane legal and regulatory environment for true financial innovation.

@Coinabul, thank you for pointing me in CLAG's direction, always good to find some like-minded people to share with and advocate alongside.

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I'm sure we'll be in touch as soon as I get done with these exams/papers this week.

Thanks @JDBound, look forward to it.
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May 02, 2012, 10:05:13 PM
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Patrick - please note you'll need something clever, silly, obnoxious, prescient, or foolish written somewhere on your profile before the community will accept you Wink
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Patrick - please note you'll need something clever, silly, obnoxious, prescient, or foolish written somewhere on your profile before the community will accept you Wink
Horse masks encouraged. Smiley

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May 02, 2012, 10:45:25 PM
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Making Bitcoin a global currency should be your ideal.  Grin

Welcome to the forum Virtuallylaw.

For Bitcoin to be a true global currency the value of BTC needs always to rise.
If BTC became the global currency & money supply = 100 Trillion then ⊅1.00 BTC = $4,761,904.76.
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Patrick - please note you'll need something clever, silly, obnoxious, prescient, or foolish written somewhere on your profile before the community will accept you Wink
Or just a smug face on some random photograph if you're French.

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welcome on board.

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May 03, 2012, 07:37:36 AM
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Hi Patrick,

Congratulations on the new role at BitInstant! I followed your work at EngageLegal. Does this mean that you are exclusive now or can you still take on other bitcoin-related clients?

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Important question...

Are you paying Patrick in Bitcoin?

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Important question...

Are you paying Patrick in Bitcoin?

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May 03, 2012, 01:11:29 PM
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Important question...

Are you paying Patrick in Bitcoin?

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Some members of the team are already paid in Bitcoin, but its their choice  Smiley

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May 03, 2012, 01:15:50 PM
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Important question...

Are you paying Patrick in Bitcoin?

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Some members of the team are already paid in Bitcoin,

Great news Smiley

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Some members of the team are already paid in Bitcoin, but its their choice  Smiley

OMG I want this so bad.

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May 03, 2012, 01:48:50 PM
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Important question...

Are you paying Patrick in Bitcoin?

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Some members of the team are already paid in Bitcoin, but its their choice  Smiley
What a nice way to dodge the question!
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What a nice way to dodge the question!

Wow... Indeed. haha Apparently, I'm easily distracted by shiny Bitcoins and completely missed that!

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May 03, 2012, 02:01:14 PM
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Bah, it's understandable that they want to keep some things private.

I guess with time, everybody will trust bitcoins enough to all want their salaries in bitcoins.

I for one would take bitcoins over euros anytime Smiley

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May 03, 2012, 02:09:57 PM
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Thanks Charlie!

As a new member of the community here, I'm hoping I can learn from you all and contribute something meaningful along the way.

Looking forward to the challenges ahead and fighting for a sane legal and regulatory environment for true financial innovation.

@Coinabul, thank you for pointing me in CLAG's direction, always good to find some like-minded people to share with and advocate alongside.

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Welcome.

The legal profession has a terrible reputation––one that is definitely deserves! But as one who's spent all my life around attorneys and worked with them very closely in my own business endeavors, I think your coming onboard is a move in the right direction, for people almost always underestimate what an advantage attorneys bring for legal protection, as well as for their expertise in the necessary processes for successfully running a business. Bitcoin is dominated by computer professionals and experts, but to grow it needs professionals with other backgrounds, especially, law. So again, welcome!
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