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July 27, 2012, 10:39:49 PM
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[Update Feb 19, 2014:

This thread is no longer being updated all that much. As Bitcoin further permeates the world, most every nation (or state, etc.) will have content specific to that jurisdiction's involvement with Bitcoin.   Feel free to continue posting as you wish, but this thread will no longer be even close to being a comprehensive list as it had been for a period of time.

Other resources:

 - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Legality_of_bitcoin_by_country [Added Sep 3, 2015]
 - http://coincenter.org/2015/06/tracking-bitcoin-regulation-state-by-state [Added Sep 3, 2015]
 - http://www.coindesk.com/regulation [Added Sep 3, 2015]
 - http://merkletree.io (formerly bitlegal.io I think)  [Added Sep 7, 2015]
 - http://www.cryptocoinlaw.net
 - http://twitter.com/virtuallylaw
 - http://BitcoinFoundation.org
 - http://coindesk.com
 - http://datauthority.org (info: http://coindesk.com/bitcoin-industry-leaders-launch-data-a-self-regulatory-body)
 - http://bitcoinfinancialassociation.org
 - http://en.bitcoin.it/wiki/Compilation_of_legal_and_regulatory_information
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This list is to serve as an index to all the events in which Bitcoin-related topics interact with the courts, police, regulators, etc.

This is similar to how the NEW Articles in the Press Forum thread serves as an index to media mentions.

Topics related to regulations, taxes, etc. are also cataloged in a Bitcoin.it Wiki article:

Compilation of legal and regulatory information
 - http://en.bitcoin.it/wiki/Compilation_of_legal_and_regulatory_information

I'm hoping for this thread to remain an index, mostly with just a brief summation and then links towards other threads and external sources -- rather than be where discussion for each index entry occurs.   If an entry is made, feel free to reply with a link to a relevant thread where further discussion occurs or to other related content.

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July 27, 2012, 10:41:20 PM
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Bitcoin in France: first legal decision directly related to Bitcoin?
Sep. 4, 2011
Location: France

Abstract: Mt. Gox fights for its right to hold a bank account in France.

 - http://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=41317.0
 - http://creperso.free.fr/CIC/Ordonnance_de_refere_du_11_aout_2011.pdf (Municipal court decision)
 - http://creperso.free.fr/CIC/Arret_appel_26_aout_2011.pdf (Appeals court decision)

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July 27, 2012, 10:45:12 PM
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Press Release - TradeHill, Inc. Files Suit Against Dwolla, Inc.
Mar 6, 2012
Location: Suit filed in California, U.S.

Abstract: Dwolla allegedly reversed transactions. TradeHill asserts Dwolla promoted its service as being like cash with no chargebacks and sues for damages.


 - http://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=67625.0

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July 27, 2012, 10:50:02 PM
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An interesting read about Bitcoin & legislation...
Oct. 26, 2011
Location: UK

Abstract: (Allegedly) the British regulator FSA responds to a question regarding Bitcoin's legal status as a monetary instrument.

 - http://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=49862.0

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July 27, 2012, 10:52:10 PM
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Bitcoin FBI Report April 2012
May 8, 2012
Location: U.S. agency, International distribution

Abstract: (Allegedly) The FBI provides analysis of bitcoin for distribution to an international audience

 - http://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=80114.0

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July 27, 2012, 11:31:30 PM
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Disclosure Group Investment Bitcoin barred by the CVM in Brazil
Jul. 25, 2012
Location: Brazil

Abstract: CVM (securities regulator in Brazil) decided that the Brazilian operator of a bitcoin-based "investment group" was violating securities law there and had to suspend the group.

 - http://www.bitcoinbrasil.com.br/?p=464
 - http://www.bitcoinmoney.com/post/28048708075
 - http://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=95399.0

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July 29, 2012, 02:44:35 AM
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FinCEN - Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request:
"The application of money transmitter and foreign exchange ("forex") regulations to de-centralized, virtual currency."
Jun 29, 2012
Location: United States

Abstract: Gavin Andresen gets a response from FinCEN following a FOIA request:

 - http://dl.dropbox.com/u/38065353/FincenFOIA.pdf
 - http://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=74922.msg1035436#msg1035436

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July 29, 2012, 03:05:07 AM
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Finanstilsynet - The Financial Supervisory Authority of Norway
RAPPORT RISIKO- OG SÅRBARHETSANALYSE (ROS)
March, 2012

Abstract: The financial supervisory authority of Norway publishes a Risk and Vulnerability analysis and references Bitcoin under "2.4.3 titled 'Shadow services on the internet'".  Includes only a description (an inaccurate one at that) of Bitcoin.

 - http://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=96077.0
 - http://www.finanstilsynet.no/Global/Venstremeny/Rapport/2012/ROS-analyse_2011.pdf

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July 31, 2012, 07:53:36 PM
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Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada
Money Laundering and Terrorist Activity Financing Watch
April-June 2011

Abstract:

Mentions Bitcoin as "Bitcoins: a new anonymous digital currency and a potential vehicle for criminals to transfer money:"

English:
http://www.fintrac-canafe.gc.ca/publications/watch-regard/2011-10-eng.asp
French:
http://www.canafe-fintrac.gc.ca/publications/watch-regard/2011-10-fra.asp

Concerned that blockchain bloat will lead to centralization? Storing less than 4 GB of data once required the budget of a superpower and a warehouse full of punched cards. https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/87/IBM_card_storage.NARA.jpg https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Punched_card
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August 05, 2012, 07:13:16 AM
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Congressman Ron Paul's Final Domestic Monetary Policy Subcommittee Hearing
Aug 2, 2012
Location: United States

Abstract: Ron Paul's subcommittee met on August 2nd, 2012 to examine sound money and parallel currencies.

 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oPCFKHCCKF0&feature=player_detailpage#t=2918s

Bitcoin touched on beginning around 48:38 and it was referred to in the context of being a barter currency.

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August 19, 2012, 08:51:30 AM
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Title: BRIAN CARTMELL et al VS. BITCOINICA LP, ALSO KNOWN AS BITCOINICA et al
Cause of Action: CONTRACT/WARRANTY
Case Number: CGC-12-522983
Location: Superior Court of California, County of San Francisco
August 6, 2012

Abstract: Suit to recover $460,458 in costs and damages from Bitcoinica.

 - http://webaccess.sftc.org/Scripts/Magic94/mgrqispi94.dll?APPNAME=IJS&PRGNAME=ROA22&ARGUMENTS=-ACGC12522983
 - http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-19244210

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August 30, 2012, 12:26:05 AM
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Bitcoin for campaign contributions passes muster with NH Deputy Secretary of State
August 29, 2012
Location: New Hampshire, U.S.

Abstract: NH State Representative Mark Warden consulted with NH Deputy Secretary of State regarding whether bitcoins can be a method for campaign donations.

 - http://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=104544.0


Conclusion:

OK as long as:

1. Donations be accompanied by the donor's name and address, and
2. Contributions are acceptable only from US citizens and permanent residents.

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September 06, 2012, 11:13:42 PM
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BitFloor files complaint with FBI and Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3).
September 6, 2012
Location: New York City, NY USA

Abstract: BitFloor suffered a security breach/hack in which about 24,000 BTC were stolen after access by the hacker was obtained to an unencrypted backup copy of the private keys hosted on BitFloor's systems.  The exchange is essentially insolvent as a result and remains shuttered, except for facilitating withdrawals for the funds that weren't stolen -- the U.S. dollar balances, none of which were impacted as a result of the security breach.

 - http://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=106251.0

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October 20, 2012, 08:04:35 PM
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BaFin deems Bitcoin as "unit of account", financial service providers thus regulated by the Banking Act (KWG)
October, 2012
Location: Germany

Abstract: It appears that any business operating out of Germany (or, maybe even more broadly, a business with German customers) that holds customer's bitcoins is regulated as a bank (presumably, that means must obtain a banking license).   [Based on the translation to English from German, which may have changed the the meaning from the original, so this may be not completely accurate.]

The following appears to be the response to an inquiry sent to BaFin regarding bitcoins:

There is something stated in this Google translate article.

https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=119270.0

If you have questions about specific sections, I can translate them manually.

Basically the BAFIN (German bank regulation) has stated, that service providers, that hold customer funds fall under the definition of a financial services business and therefore require a license to do so.

They also stated that Bitcoin (they stated Crypto Currecys) is indeed a monetary value and therefore falls under the definition of a electronic instrument of payment. That also implies, that BTC service providers fall under the definition of a financial services business.


An article in which this was discussed:

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However, the BaFin Bitcoins sees as a "unit of account", which is regulated by the Banking Act (KWG). After that, anyone who wishes to provide certain professional services in connection with Bitcoins, first obtain a license from BaFin. Ultimately, the Bitcoin system is a multilateral trading system that requires such a permit. So it looks anyway BaFin. The more difficult it would be to identify in a decentralized system like Bitcoin, the responsible persons must apply for the relevant banking licenses.

http://translate.google.com/translate?sl=de&tl=en&js=n&prev=_t&hl=de&ie=UTF-8&layout=2&eotf=1&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.heise.de%2Fix%2Fartikel%2FWaehrungsrisiken-1723975.html&act=url

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October 20, 2012, 08:19:59 PM
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Statement by Päivi Heikkinen, department head of (Financial Markets Infrastructure) at Bank of Finland
September, 2012
Location: Finland

Abstract: A reporter asks if Bitcoin is illegal.  Ms. Heikkinen responds [Translated from Finnish] "Not at all, People can invest in and use any money they prefer."

Heikkinen: Not at all, People can invest in and use any money they prefer.
Heikkinen: Finland is a free country, after all.

 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7vYH1JH73pw#t=206s  <-- Enabled closed captioning [CC] at the bottom of the video.


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October 29, 2012, 04:42:25 AM
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Bitcoin - Currency of Cyberspace (Italian)
October, 2012
Location: Italy

Abstract: The domestic secret police / intelligence agency of Italy provides an overview of Bitcoin.  They highlight the ways in which Bitcoin either defeats or bypasses methods of control that regulators enjoy through the banking-system.  For instance, the UIGEA which helped eliminate sources of revenue for online gambling in the U.S. is not a deterrent to Bitcoin-based online gambling.

The report is a little over the top though ... [Is Bitcoin Magazine's choice of a Guy Fawkes mask for the cover of its initial issue] the announcement of the extension of the potential of the most insidious and dangerous group of cyberattivistists?

 - http://gnosis.aisi.gov.it/gnosis/Rivista31.nsf/ServNavig/11

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October 29, 2012, 07:46:39 PM
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Virtual Currency Schemes, by the European Central Bank (ECB)
October, 2012
Location: Europe

Abstract: This report presents includes a comprehensive look at Bitcoin and provides an assessment of the relevance of virtual currency schemes for central banks, paying attention mostly to schemes which are more open and linked to the real economy.  The assessment covers the stability of prices, of the financial system and of the payment system, looking also at the regulatory perspective. It also addresses reputational risk concerns.

Length: 55 Pages.

 - http://www.ecb.europa.eu/pub/pdf/other/virtualcurrencyschemes201210en.pdf
 - http://docs.google.com/viewer?url=www.ecb.europa.eu%2Fpub%2Fpdf%2Fother%2Fvirtualcurrencyschemes201210en.pdf  <-- In a web-viewer


Forum discussion of the report here:
 - http://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=121186.0

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November 13, 2012, 10:26:34 AM
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Search and Seizure Warrant, by U.S. District Court (Middle District, TN)
September 13, 2012
Location: Franklin, TN, USA

Abstract: The U.S. Secret Service, investigating the Romney tax return extortion attempt, obtains a search warrant to allow for the seizure of Michael M. Brown's Bitcoin wallet.  They did seize much computer equipment, some personal effects and a notepaper containing passwords.

 - http://mbdonationfund.com/images/documents/search_warrant.pdf

Further discussion here:

Quote
The Plot Thickens in the Bizarre Bitcoin Blackmail Caper
- http://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=123956.0

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January 31, 2013, 04:27:16 AM
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This one isn't about bitcoin itself, but bitcoin was mentioned as the currency used.

Australia court Silk Road
January, 2013
Location: Melbourne, Australia

Abstract: An Australian court hearing involving a man who admitted dealing drugs that were obtained through Silk Road using bitcoins as payment.

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Melbourne's County Court heard the black-market Silk Road had been described as a "certifiable one-stop shop" for illicit drugs.
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Prosecutor Morgan Brown told the court the website was accessed by software designed to enable online anonymity and a digital "virtual currency", Bitcoin, was used to buy goods.
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In what could be the first prosecution with Silk Road a major player, Ms Brown told the court that in two months from March last year Howard imported drugs 11 times.

Secret website harboured drugs smorgasbord, court hears
 - http://www.bordermail.com.au/story/1270129/secret-website-harboured-drugs-smorgasbord-court-hears

Further discussion:

2013-01-31 bordermail.com.au - Secret website harboured drugs smorgasbord, court
 - http://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=140111.0

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March 20, 2013, 04:16:03 AM
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Application of FinCEN’s Regulations to Persons Administering, Exchanging, or Using Virtual Currencies
March 18, 2013
Location: USA

Abstract: The U.S. Dept. of Treasury's FinCEN has provided its guidance relating to virtual currencies (presumably including Bitcoin).

 - http://www.fincen.gov/statutes_regs/guidance/html/FIN-2013-G001.html

Further discussion here:

FinCEN addresses Bitcoin
- http://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=154672.0

Today, we are all money transmitters… (no, really!)
Patrick Murck, Bitcoin Foundation general counsel
 - https://bitcoinfoundation.org/blog/?p=152

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April 17, 2013, 03:11:37 PM
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Nice informative topic Smiley Keep it up buddy

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April 21, 2013, 07:19:12 PM
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+1 this is nice Smiley keep up the good work!

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May 16, 2013, 09:07:38 AM
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Latess news, Fed is going after Dwolla and Freezing their Funds ...
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May 26, 2013, 09:34:20 PM
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Seizure Warrant - Funds in Dwolla account of Mutum Sigillum, LLC [Mt. Gox]
May 14, 2013
Location: USA

Abstract: The U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS) has seized funds in the accounts used by Mt. Gox at Dwolla and Wells Fargo.

 - http://cdn.arstechnica.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/Mt-Gox-Dwolla-Warrant-5-14-13.pdf
 - http://bit.ly/12avA2p (pdf viewer on Google Docs)

Further discussion here:

MtGox account in the USA has been seized by the DHS?
- http://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=205370.0

Feds reveal the search warrant used to seize Mt. Gox account
 - http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2013/05/feds-reveal-the-search-warrant-that-seized-mt-gox-account

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May 26, 2013, 09:36:17 PM
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+1 this is nice Smiley keep up the good work!

It's a forum thread, anyone with updates is free (and encouraged) to post!

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May 26, 2013, 09:43:14 PM
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Coinlab, Inc v. Mt. Gox KK et al
May 2, 2013
Location: Washington (U.S. District Court, Western Washington)

Abstract: COMPLAINT against defendant(s) Mt. Gox KK, Tibanne KKC filed by Coinlab, Inc.

 - http://ia601700.us.archive.org/8/items/gov.uscourts.wawd.192566/gov.uscourts.wawd.192566.docket.html

Further discussion here:

[MTGox Sued 5/2/2013] Statement Regarding Formal Complaint
 - http://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=193999.0

CoinLab suing MtGox for $75 milliion
 - http://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=193922.0

Massive Bitcoin Business Partnership Devolves Into $75 Million Lawsuit
 - http://gawker.com/massive-bitcoin-business-partnership-devolves-into-75-487857656

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May 28, 2013, 08:47:04 PM
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FinTRAC does not see the need to regulate several bitcoin exchange models:

http://pokerati.com/2013/05/canada-becomes-bitcoin-friendly/
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Tangible Cryptography (FastCash4Bitcoins) Receives Notice From State
May 31, 2013
Location: Virginia, USA

Abstract: State of Virginia determines that Tangible Cryptography may be engaging in money transmission under Virginia law.

Tangible Cryptography suspends Bitcoin related transactions
 - http://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=224057.0

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Indictment - bitcoin-24.com funds in Commerzbank seized
March 25, 2013
Location: Germany

Abstract: In the investigation of the Berlin public prosecutor against the Internet portal www.bitcoin-24.com on suspicion of fraud in connection with the sale of the Internet currency "Bitcoin" seized 2,5kk €.

 - https://www.bundesanzeiger.de (search for "bitcoin")
 - http://i.imgur.com/d6sirvq.png (image of indictment)

Further discussion here:

Initiative to help Simon Hausdorf to clear things @ bitcoin-24
- https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=175123.0

Bitcoins have been repayed.
The seizure of the account has been lifted by the Public Prosecutor's Office in Berlin on May 31st.
But they cant pay out until the account in Poland is available.
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Tangible Cryptography (FastCash4Bitcoins) Receives Notice From State
May 31, 2013
Location: Virginia, USA

Abstract: State of Virginia determines that Tangible Cryptography may be engaging in money transmission under Virginia law.

Tangible Cryptography suspends Bitcoin related transactions
 - http://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=224057.0

That is rough.  The TC guys seemed to have a lawyer, too.

I've reviewed Virginia law for a client and it is very difficult to apply to a bitcoin transaction, or what I understand to be TC's business in general.  Title 6.2, Chapter 19's definition of "money" is very broad, but they do not define "transmission" at all.  Typically, transmission requires at least two customers in a transaction.  TC seems to only have one customer per transaction, so maybe VA's regulatory folks don't really understand what it is they do.

Marco Santori is a lawyer, but not your lawyer, and this is not legal advice.  If you do have specific questions, though, please don't hesitate to PM me.  We've learned this forum isn't 100% secure, so you might prefer to email me.  Maybe I can help!  Depending upon your jurisdiction, this post might be construed as attorney advertising, so: attorney advertising Smiley
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Go BTC! We're routing for you!  Smiley



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Directly following last month’s Bitcoin 2013 conference event in San Jose, CA that brought decent revenue into the state, California’s Department of Financial Institutions decided to issue a cease and desist warning to conference organizer Bitcoin Foundation for allegedly engaging in the business of money transmission without a license or proper authorization.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/jonmatonis/2013/06/23/bitcoin-foundation-receives-cease-and-desist-order-from-california/

Scroll the embedded copy of the letter down for some entertaining incompetence. I especially enjoyed the copy/paste third-party webpage complete with Google adds for attorneys and an executive search firm "Don't have a CFO?"

It would be funnier if I wasn't paying these bumblefucks with my tax dollars.

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Scroll the embedded copy of the letter down for some entertaining incompetence.

Specifically:
 - http://www.scribd.com/doc/149335233/CA-State-Cease-and-Desist-May-30#page=1

I especially enjoyed the copy/paste third-party webpage complete with Google adds for attorneys and an executive search firm "Don't have a CFO?"

It would be funnier if I wasn't paying these bumblefucks with my tax dollars.

The PDF is 11 pages, but that link isn't a direct link from the State, so there's no confirmation yet that's what the State sent.
 

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Drug Enforcement Agency seizes Bitcoins
June 24, 2013
Location: Charleston, SC, USA

Abstract: Drug Enforcement Agency reports that bitcoins were seized from Eric Daniel Hughes AKA Casey Jones as a result of a violation of the Controlled Substances Act

Users Bitcoins Seized by DEA
 - http://letstalkbitcoin.com/post/53700133097/users-bitcoins-seized-by-dea

DEA Official Notice
 - http://www.forfeiture.gov/pdf/DEA/OfficialNotification.pdf

[Edit: Additional links and info from report by freedomno1:

Users' Bitcoins Seized by DEA
June 23, 2013

By Brian Cohen and Adam B. Levine

June 23,2013

The Drug Enforcement Administration posted an Official Notification that Bitcoin (i.e. property) belonging to Eric Daniel Hughes was seized for forfeiture pursuant to 21 U.S.C. § 881, because the property was used or acquired as a result of a violation of the Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. §§ 801 et seq.)

DISTRICT OF SOUTH CAROLINA

13-DEA-581051, 11.02 Bitcoins, Acct.#1ETDwGUC1QcjYuehFr3u1FD3MvDaUs7SFy,

VL: $814.22 which was seized in Charleston, SC from Eric Daniel Hughes AKA Casey Jones on April 12, 2013

https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=241484.0;topicseen
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June 24, 2013, 04:44:59 AM
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No worries was just helping out I'll let you have that one  Wink
No need to duplicate although that might happen if enough articles appear maybe add a master index on page 1
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No worries was just helping out I'll let you have that one

Heh, well this list benefits from having many collaborators and any supporting data / links as well so your link to the forum thread is valued!
  
No need to duplicate although that might happen if enough articles appear maybe add a master index on page 1

Ya, most of the entries so far are for the U.S., ... and there are a couple hundred nations in this world -- each likely to have an entry or three eventually.  So at some point an index for the most significant ones might be useful.  We're not anywhere near that yet though, I don't think.

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I agree with you but this is bitcoin and I'm betting legal will grow exponentially soon enough from all the attention  Wink

An article from each country would fill pages
I hope our sources don't get deleted due to age it would be an ever increasing loss of data as age grows on the other hand it would ensure the most current news remains on the thread, I'm just thinking from an archival viewpoint.

I could use multiple sourcing to confirm it but the abstract would only relate to one article the rest would be similar related articles as supplements an example being the first article relates to the difficulty of financial regulations in Canada with regards to major banks across exchanges.

The second example which illustrates the problem of uncertainty would be the libertybit as one of the Canadian exchanges ceased trading.

By extension Libertybit could be its own topic as it is related to the main issue

What I meant by duplication was specifying similar issues affecting all sources so an index on issue type and country would sort that error.
Example: Country Canada Subtopic Regulations then Exchanges Liberty-bit


I added two from Canada to diversify the thread

RBC shuts down Ottawa Bitcoin account
 
The Montreal head office of RBC, in Place Ville Marie. (file photo)
Published on April 29, 2013
The Canadian Press ~ OBJ  

Abstract: The company is one of several Bitcoin dealers struggling to navigate financial regulations that don't account for virtual currencies, and to cope with major banks shutting down their accounts without explanation.

http://www.obj.ca/Local/2013-04-29/article-3229285/RBC-shuts-down-Ottawa-Bitcoin-account/1
http://www.coindesk.com/libertybit-exchange-ceases-trading/
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Revenue Canada says BitCoins aren't tax exempt
Just in time for tax season, the Canada Revenue Agency says the users of Bitcoins will have to pay tax on transactions in the upstart digital currency.
CBC News Posted: Apr 26, 2013
Location: Canada

Abstract: The CRA told the CBC there are two separate tax rules that apply to the electronic currency, depending on whether they are used as money to buy things or if they were merely bought and sold for speculative purposes.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/story/2013/04/26/business-bitcoin-tax.html
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Indictment - bitcoin-24.com funds in Commerzbank seized
March 25, 2013
Location: Germany

Abstract: In the investigation of the Berlin public prosecutor against the Internet portal www.bitcoin-24.com on suspicion of fraud in connection with the sale of the Internet currency "Bitcoin" seized 2,5kk €.

 - https://www.bundesanzeiger.de (search for "bitcoin")
 - http://i.imgur.com/d6sirvq.png (image of indictment)

Further discussion here:

Initiative to help Simon Hausdorf to clear things @ bitcoin-24
- https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=175123.0

Bitcoins have been repayed.
The seizure of the account has been lifted by the Public Prosecutor's Office in Berlin on May 31st.
But they cant pay out until the account in Poland is available.

A little update:
A part of FIAT has been paid out.
Looks like the first closed exchange that pays out completely.
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(Status: No reply = Source wins)
https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=244524.0

German government relieves capital gains tax on bitcoin positions
Published On June 27, 2013
Location: Germany

Abstract: Bitcoin transactions in Germany have been made exempt from capital gains tax after one year In Germany, assets such as stocks and bonds are subject to a 25% capital gains tax (plus a solidarity surcharge) and a state-dependant church tax. With the new decision, bitcoins having been held for more than a year will not be subject to these charges.

Source: http://www.coindesk.com/german-government-relieves-capital-gains-tax-on-bitcoin-positions/

Quoted from 600watt

sorry for all this german crab here, but this is stunning:

http://www.welt.de/finanzen/geldanlage/article117493178/Bitcoin-Geschaefte-sind-nach-einem-Jahr-steuerfrei.html

german government decided that no taxes have to be paid on gains of bitcoin prize rising (speculation) if the bitcoins are held for a 12 months period. that is much softer as on stockmarket gains! the german government gives bitcoin speculators an edge over traditional stockmarket speculators.


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the article says: speculative stock, bond or certificate gains are taxed 25 %. bitcoin ZERO %.  Shocked  

Additional Sourcing
http://bitcoinmagazine.com/a-recap-of-mega-corporate-and-government-attention-on-bitcoin-this-past-year/

Bitcoins are a Unit of Value in Germany – Germany’s financial supervisory authority, Bafin, has published a report (translation of relevant text here) delineating their status under German law. The document has the following to state on the subject: “tokens of value meant to be used as a method of payment which are issued by barter-clubs, private exchange-rings or other payment systems in exchange for real economic goods or services or like for example Bitcoins, which are issued in computer networks without any service in return, are therefore exempt from the definition of e-money, even though they fulfill the same economic function as e-money and have the actual potential of privately issued currencies.” The legal concept of e-money in Germany applies only to instruments that ultimately derive from legal tender currencies, and so Bitcoin is effectively classified as a commodity. Incidentally, this is similar to the way more recent government decisions have treated Bitcoin donations – as an “in kind” donation of material but not monetary form, similar to donating food or supplies. Note that classification as a commodity does not exempt Bitcoin transactions from taxation; in most jurisdictions, barter income is taxable too.

https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=66774.msg952802#msg952802;action=printpage


http://www.cryptocoinsnews.com/2013/06/28/german-government-relieves-capital-gains-tax-on-bitcoin-positions/

In online exchanges like bitcoin.de or mtgox.com, 100 bitcoins could be acquired in mid-2012 for about 550 euros. Today, the same amount is worth about 7600 euros. In the event of a sale after more than twelve months, where the gain is about 7000 euros, the flat tax would would come into effect at 1750 euros.
Legally, the purchase and sale of bitcoin is a private sale transaction under Section 23 paragraph 1 sentence 2 of the Income Tax Act, which (according to section 2, paragraph 1, sentence 1, No. 7 Income Tax Act) is classed as income tax. The legal requirement is to collect on these transactions only if the period “between buying and selling is no longer than one year.” Bitcoins are enjoying increasing popularity in the Internet community, but also as a playground for speculators. They allow for the payment of goods and services on the Internet without the need for a traditional bank account or a credit card. More than 2,000 companies and organizations worldwide accept the digital money now.

It is also worth noting that the German capital gains tax does not apply to mining bitcoins. It only applies to stocks, bonds, etc, that have been purchased with the intention of market speculation. Since mining bitcoins is essentially creating value, normal income tax would be applied.

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No clarification from bernard75 was given regarding the accuracy as such argument considered moot
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http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Privates_Ver%C3%A4u%C3%9Ferungsgesch%C3%A4ft)
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No, this doesnt belong here and is wrong, too.
Its not the capital gains tax its exempt from.
But its true that after holding BTC for over 1 year the profit is tax free.
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Search and Seizure Warrant, by U.S. District Court (Middle District, TN)
September 13, 2012
Location: Franklin, TN, USA

An update to this:

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Michael Mancil Brown was indicted on extortion and wire fraud charges over Mitt Romney’s tax returns.


 - http://www.coindesk.com/man-charged-after-demanding-bitcoin-for-mitt-romney-tax-returns
 - http://www.forbes.com/sites/robertwood/2013/06/27/indictment-in-bitcoin-bidding-scheme-for-mitt-romneys-tax-returns

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Vitalik Buterin published a great summary of regulatory actions for 2013 to-date:
 - http://bitcoinmagazine.com/regulatory-responses-to-bitcoin-2013-edition

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No, this doesnt belong here and is wrong, too.

I'm not sure why you'ld claim that a formal, public response by an agency of the German federal government does not belong in this thread.

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I'm not sure why you'ld claim that a formal, public response by an agency of the German federal government does not belong in this thread.
My bad, i just seen so many court cases here, that i thought thats the sole purpose.
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KEVIN GALLETTE, JACKSON SMITH, and ROY HAHN VS. E-SPORTS ENTERTAINMENT, LLC and DOES 1-20
July, 2013
Location: San Francisco, CA, USA

Abstract: Class-action lawsuit filed against online gaming company whose software developers silently added Bitcoin mining to the company's gaming client. 


 - http://i.imgur.com/bxzgoWN.jpg

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An employee involved in the testing of the bitcoin mining code had been using the code "for his own personal gain since April 13, 2013."
- http://www.polygon.com/2013/7/5/4495192/esea-served-with-bitcoin-related-class-action-action-lawsuit
 

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- http://www.polygon.com/2013/5/1/4290022/esea-league-code-used-idle-users-pcs-to-mine-bitcoins-co-owner

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SEC v. Trendon T. Shavers, et al  
July 23, 2013
Location: Sherman, TX, USA

Abstract: 3.  In 2011 and 2012 Shavers, operating under the Internet name "pirateat40,", operated a classic Ponzi scheme raising more than 700,000 BTC in principal investments from BTCST investors.

 - http://www.sec.gov/litigation/complaints/2013/comp-pr2013-132.pdf  (PDF)
 - http://bit.ly/13awWVJ  <--  Browser-friendly (using a PDF viewer)

Separately, the SEC issued an alert on Ponzis:
 - https://www.sec.gov/servlet/Satellite/News/PressRelease/Detail/PressRelease/1370539730583#.Ue68AN__6b6
 - http://www.sec.gov/investor/alerts/ia_virtualcurrencies.pdf (PDF)
 - http://bit.ly/11c3IrP  <-- Browser-friendly (using a PDF viewer)


Press and other threads:
 - http://www.businessinsider.com/sec-charges-texas-man-with-running-bitcoin-ponzi-scheme-2013-7

2013-07-23 BI: SEC Charges Texas Man With Running Bitcoin Ponzi Scheme
 - http://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=261236.msg2788443#msg2788443

SEC finally charges pirateat40 aka Trendon Shavers
 - http://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=261234.0


This is being covered in the WSJ, on CNBC, and likely will reach most business news.

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Bank of Thailand Governor Prasarn instructs Bitcoin exchange to halt trading
July 29, 2013
Location: Bangkok, Thailand

Abstract: Following a conference by the Bank of Thailand, Bitcoin Co. Ltd, of Thailand was advised to halt trading between bitcoins and Thai Baht until further notice.

Here's an article which includes a translation from the Thai newspaper in which Governor Prasarn was quoted.
 - http://asiancorrespondent.com/111332/has-bitcoin-been-banned-from-thailand

This has been covered in all the finance and tech media, Wired, Ars Technica, The Register, The Verge, QZ.com, etc.,

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SEC v. Trendon T. Shavers, et al  CASE NO. 4:13-CV-416
July 23, 2013
Location: Sherman, TX, USA

There is a development with this case.

MEMORANDUM OPINION REGARDING THE COURT’S SUBJECT MATTER JURISDICTION
 - http://ia800904.us.archive.org/35/items/gov.uscourts.txed.146063/gov.uscourts.txed.146063.23.0.pdf
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[Bitcoin] can also be exchanged for conventional currencies, such as the U.S. dollar, Euro, Yen, and Yuan. Therefore, Bitcoin is a currency or form of money, and investors wishing to invest in BTCST provided an investment of money.
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Therefore, the Court finds that the BTCST investments meet the definition of investment contract, and as such, are securities.  For these reasons, the Court finds that it has subject matter jurisdiction over this matter,

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State of NY's Notice of Inquiry on Virtual Currencies
August 12, 2013
Location: New York, NY, USA

Abstract: NY State's financial regulator Dept. of Financial Services is "concerned" that virtual currency exchangers engage in money transmission.  Subpoenas to exchanges have been issues.  

Notice of Inquiry on Virtual Currencies
 - http://dfs.ny.gov/about/press2013/memo1308121.pdf
 - https://docs.google.com/viewer?url=http://dfs.ny.gov/about/press2013/memo1308121.pdf (Browser-friendly PDF viewer)
 - http://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=272269.0  (Further discussion)

NY regulator issue subpoenas to firms tied to Bitcoin: WSJ
 - http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/08/12/us-digitalcurrency-subpoena-bitcoin-idUSBRE97B03720130812

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Iacono et al v. Bitinstant, L.L.C.
August 8, 2013
New York, USA (NY Southern District Court)
Case: 1:2013cv04674

Abstract: Class action complaint against BitInstant. The assertion is that BitInstant made false claims about the speed of its service and the refund of fees.

 - http://www.scribd.com/doc/160464240/BitInstant-Class-Action-Lawsuit
 - http://www.coindesk.com/bitinstant-gets-hit-with-a-class-action-lawsuit-by-frustrated-customers

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Inquiry into Virtual Currencies by U.S. Congress (Committee On Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs)
August 12, 2013
Location: Washington, DC, USA

Abstract: A U.S. Senate Committee has started an inquiry into Bitcoin and other virtual currencies, asking a range of regulators to list what safeguards are in place to prevent criminal activity.

 - http://www.hsgac.senate.gov/download/letter-to-secretary-napolitano-on-virtual-currencies
 - http://bit.ly/1bFGgXf (Browser-friendly / PDF viewer)
 - http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/08/13/usa-senate-bitcoin-idUSL2N0GE10K20130813

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Multiple confirmed Sources
August 18, 2013
German newspaper Die Welt.
Germany recognizes Bitcoin as ‘private money’

Abstract: Bitcoin has been recognized for legal and tax purposes in Germany, making it the first country to take an official stance on the status of using the online currency as money.

Berlin has acknowledged the virtual tender as a "currency unit" and "private money," according to German newspaper Die Welt.

German Translated

Germany has recognized the digital currency Bitcoin. The virtual coins are legally and fiscally approved and authorized as "units of account", Member of Parliament Frank Schaeffler reported on its website. The FDP politician appeals to the response to a request of the Finance Ministry, which he had made as a parliamentarian.

Sources:
http://rt.com/news/bitcoin-germany-recognize-currency-641/
http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2013/08/germany-recognizes-bitcoin-as-a-private-money-subject-to-capital-gains-tax/
http://www.theverge.com/2013/8/19/4636068/germanys-recognition-of-bitcoin-paves-the-way-for-a-licensed-exchange-EU

German:
http://www.tagesschau.de/wirtschaft/bitcoin100.html

Bitcointalk
https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=277282.0
https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=277207.0
https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=277028.0

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RussiaToday
http://rt.com/news/bitcoin-exchange-berlin-currency-941/
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Seizure Warrant - Funds in Dwolla account of Mutum Sigillum, LLC [Mt. Gox]
May 14, 2013
Location: USA

Abstract: The U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS) has seized funds in the accounts used by Mt. Gox at Dwolla and Wells Fargo.

Update to this ...

When the seizure warrant was executed, $2,915,507.40 was the amount seized from Dwolla:
 - http://www.scribd.com/doc/161492071/Bitcoin-Mt-Gox-Warrant-Executed

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Seizure Warrant - Funds in Dwolla account of Mutum Sigillum, LLC [Mt. Gox]
May 14, 2013
Location: USA

Abstract: The U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS) has seized funds in the accounts used by Mt. Gox at Dwolla and Wells Fargo.

And here's the other shoe that we knew had been dropped.

$2.1 million from the Wells Fargo account, seized in June frm both a Mt. Gox (Mutum Sigillum LLC) account as well as an account in Mark Karpeles' own name.

U.S. District Court (District of Maryland) Case Number: 13-1085SAG

Additional $2.1M Seized from Mt. Gox Accounts – Now Over $5M Total

 - http://thegenesisblock.com/warrant-for-mt-gox-wells-fargo-accounts-shows-additional-2-1m-seized/
 - http://ge.tt/49PqWcq/v/0?c (Affidavit In Support Of Seizure Warrant)
 - http://ge.tt/5H5GXcq/v/0?c (Seizure Warrant)

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Thats how much now? 5kk+? Nicely sunk.
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SEC v. Trendon T. Shavers, et al  CASE NO. 4:13-CV-416
July 23, 2013
Location: Sherman, TX, USA

Further development with this case.

CLERK'S ENTRY OF DEFAULT
 - http://ia600904.us.archive.org/35/items/gov.uscourts.txed.146063/gov.uscourts.txed.146063.25.0.pdf
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Advisory Opinion Request to U.S. Federal Election Committee (FEC)
August 13, 2013
Location: Washington, DC, USA

Abstract: A Political Action Committee solicits the FEC's opinion on varios aspects of Bitcoin being accepted for political campain contributions.

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CAF wishes to accept Bitcoins as monetary and in-kind contributions from individuals and organizations otherwise lawfully able to contribute. CAF also intends to sell, spend, and directly contribute these Bitcoins. These actions are similar to those permitted by other Advisoiy Opinions, including BARTERPAC and Cogswell, and the FEC should have no concern in pennitting them. So CAF can ensure compliance with FECA and FEC regulations, CAF seeks guidance on valuing, retaining, selling, spending, and contributing Bitcoins received as contributions.

Advisory Opinion Request of Conservative Action Fund PAC
 - http://saos.nictusa.com/aodocs/1245451.pdf
 - http://bit.ly/17FKUC1 (via browser-based PDF viewer)

Feds could allow Bitcoin campaign donations
 - http://www.politico.com/story/2013/09/bitcoin-campaign-donations-96301.html?hp=l12

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United States v. Adam Joseph BUNGER A/K/A John Smith A/K/A Jarvis Smith
September, 2013
Location: Bowling Green, Kentucky

Abstract: Guns were sold through the anonymous marketplace Black Market Reloaded, shipped from Bowling Green, KY to an Australian Buyer.  Australian customs intercepted the shipment.  ATF agent filed complaint in US federal court.

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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agents said Bunger used a site called Black Market Revisited [sic] to offer and sell weapons to buyers across the world. Eventually, Special Agent David S. Hayes wrote in a criminal complaint that Bunger sold weapons to people in Australia, England and tried to sell one to a buyer in Sweden between June and August.

And a little bit of LOL:

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Black Market Reloaded is a site run by a company in Dresden, Germany,

Ky man charged with shipping guns internationally
 - http://www.bgdailynews.com/news/state/ky-man-charged-with-shipping-guns-internationally/article_36a01949-7c14-5702-868c-c2b21f218624.html

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Bunger used a site called Black Market Revisited to offer and sell weapons to buyers across the world.

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Black Market Reloaded is a site run by a company in Dresden, Germany,

I see the requirements for becoming an agent are still to not have an IQ higher than a chair. Cheesy
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Coinlab, Inc v. Mt. Gox KK et al
May 2, 2013
Location: Washington (U.S. District Court, Western Washington)

Abstract: COMPLAINT against defendant(s) Mt. Gox KK, Tibanne KKC filed by Coinlab, Inc.

Update: ANSWER AND COUNTERCLAIM

 - http://numismatics.pwnz.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/MtGox-Answer.pdf
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According to MtGox, 'by the expiration of the Transition Period on March 22, 2013 CoinLab was not FinCEN registered as a money transmitter and was not licensed by any state to be a money transmitter.' Countercl. ¶ 33. Ergo, Coinlab breached the contract, and MtGox was no longer required to perform its obligations.
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A joint status report is due on September 20 to the federal court hearing the case, and some of the unanswered questions should be resolved.

 - http://numismatics.pwnz.org/coinlab-v-mtgox-answer-complaint

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I'm hoping for this thread to remain an index, mostly with just a brief summation and then links towards other threads and external sources -- rather than be where discussion for each index entry occurs.   Feel free to reply with a link to a relevant thread where further discussion occurs or to other related content.

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TLDR:
http://www.wired.com/wiredenterprise/2013/09/mt-gox/
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SEC v. Trendon T. Shavers, et al  CASE NO. 4:13-CV-416
July 23, 2013
Location: Sherman, TX, USA

Another update on this:

Certified letter from U.S. District Court to Trendon T. Shavers - returned to sender / unclaimed.

 - http://archive.org/download/gov.uscourts.txed.146063/gov.uscourts.txed.146063.29.0.pdf
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Bitcoins confiscated in Operation Ransomware
September 27, 2013
Location: Madrid Spain

Abstract: Technological Investigation Brigade, the national police in Spain, confiscated [Edit: gained the credentials necessary to spend] an undisclosed number of Bitcoins from a pair of foreigners "laundering" 10K EUR a day in a malware/ransomware scam that sold access to remotely controlled computer systems.

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Investigators located the different digital wallets that the organization used for electronic money and have seized a total of 55,000 € between different euro notes and virtual currency.
- http://www.policia.es/prensa/20130927_1.html

What is unknown is if this is the same bust reported in February:
 - http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2013/02/spanish-police-bust-alleged-ransomware-ring-that-took-in-1-34m-annually

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Thanks for the info.
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United States of America v. ROSS WILLIAM ULBRICHT a/k/a Dread Pirate Roberts a/k/a Silk Road
September 27, 2013
Location: Southern District of New York

Abstract: FBI files complaint against founder and operator of Silk Road market with narcotics trafficking conspiracy, computer hacking conspiracy, and money laundering conspiracy.

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Silk Road had 957,079 registered users who did 1.2 million transactions between February of 2011 and July of 2013, the FBI says.

Note, the source of the complaint is from security researcher Brian K Rebs' website, so this URL is tentative:

 - http://krebsonsecurity.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/UlbrichtCriminalComplaint.pdf
 - http://www.theverge.com/2013/10/2/4794780/fbi-seizes-underground-drug-market-silk-road-owner-indicted-in-new
 - http://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=306338.0 (Primary discussion thread on this is the Press board)

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Fuck me sideways, and i thought they would never catch him.
I wonder how long this site served as a honey pot.
Although this recent statement of DPR sounds genuine:
http://www.reddit.com/r/SilkRoad/comments/1mtcb1/dpr_atlantis_spokesman_on_the_atlantis_shutdown/
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I don't know at which point to stop posting about new cases where the only part where Bitcoin is relevant is that it was used as the type of currency.  Here is one of those, but it is probably significant enough:

United States of America v. STEVEN LLOYD SADLER and JENNA M. WHITE
October 2, 2013
Location: Seattle, WA, USA

Abstract: Selling through the Silk Road, vendor "Nod" (Sadler and White) were charged with conspiracy to distribute drugs, including over 2 kilos of cocaine, illegally.   

The only reference to Bitcoin was this:

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22. As a further measure to protect the anonymity of its users, the Silk Road requires all transaction to be conducted in Bitcoin.  Bitcoin is an electronic, cryptographically based currency that had no association with banks or a government.  Bitcoin is used because it is difficult to track and easy to move online.

 - http://cryptome.org/2013/10/sadler-white-complaint.pdf
 - http://bit.ly/15Tlx3o (browser-friendly PDF viewer)
 - http://krebsonsecurity.com/2013/10/feds-arrest-alleged-top-silk-road-drug-seller

There was a separate bust of Silk Road sellers, this time in the UK, but Bitcoin was not specifically mentioned:

Four UK men arrested over Silk Road links
 - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-24443216

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Bitcoins confiscated in Operation Ransomware
September 27, 2013
Location: Madrid Spain

Abstract: Technological Investigation Brigade, the national police in Spain, confiscated [Edit: gained the credentials necessary to spend] an undisclosed number of Bitcoins from a pair of foreigners "laundering" 10K EUR a day in a malware/ransomware scam that sold access to remotely controlled computer systems.

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Investigators located the different digital wallets that the organization used for electronic money and have seized a total of 55,000 € between different euro notes and virtual currency.
- http://www.policia.es/prensa/20130927_1.html

What is unknown is if this is the same bust reported in February:
 - http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2013/02/spanish-police-bust-alleged-ransomware-ring-that-took-in-1-34m-annually


According to a Spanish journalist, the police changed the bitcoins for euros.
https://twitter.com/pabloromero/statuses/386874644747534336
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Since the description of this thread includes interactions with "regulators", ...

Amendment to Form S-1 REGISTRATION STATEMENT
by WINKLEVOSS BITCOIN TRUST
October 8, 2013
Location: Washington D.C. (Filing with SEC)

Abstract: Preliminary prospectus of the WINKLEVOSS BITCOIN TRUST

 - http://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1579346/000119312513393903/d562329ds1a.htm

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Since the description of this thread includes interactions with "regulators", ...

And another one:

SEC FORM D - Notice of Exempt Offering of Securities
by Bitcoin Investment Trust
October 4, 2013
Location: New York, NY USA

Abstract:  New Notice, Date of First Sale: 2013-09-25, Total Amount Sold: $2,542,818 USD

 - http://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1588489/000158848913000001/xslFormDX01/primary_doc.xml

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Coinlab, Inc v. Mt. Gox KK et al
May 2, 2013
Location: Washington (U.S. District Court, Western Washington)

Abstract: COMPLAINT against defendant(s) Mt. Gox KK, Tibanne KKC filed by Coinlab, Inc.

Update: PLAINTIFF’S ANSWER TO COUNTERCLAIM

 - http://thegenesisblock.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/CoinLab-Response-10-04-13.pdf
 - http://thegenesisblock.com/coinlab-files-response-mt-gox-lawsuit/

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This seems applicable to bitcoin but does not mention it explicitly
" Fitting under Bitcoin-related topics that interact with the courts, police, regulators, etc."
Feel free to correct me Stephen if it is not


Crowdfunding counts as taxable income, Revenue Canada says
Oct 10, 2013
Location: Canada

Abstract: Tax attorneys and several media outlets reported earlier this week that a recent interpretation the CRA issued in response to a query about crowdfunding makes clear that if the money raised is related to professional or business activities, then it qualifies as income.

"In our view, amounts received by a taxpayer from crowdfunding activities would generally be included in income pursuant to subsection 9(1) of the [Income Tax] Act as income from carrying on a business," the CRA said in an Aug. 16 letter that was made public this week.

http://www.cbc.ca/m/touch/business/story/1.1959091
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freedomno you are forgetting that most of the old members are communists in the eyes of investors who jumped on board this year and for them its quite relevant.
Stephen keep up he excellent work, i always enjoy the well researched updates.
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Bitcoins confiscated and arrests made by Dutch authorities
October 24, 2013
Location: Netherlands

Abstract: Four men from Alkmaar, Haarlem, Woubrugge and Roden were arrested, suspected of involvement in large-scale, digital fraud and (1M EUR) money laundering case [TorRAT malware].

Hackers plunder back accounts
 - http://www.om.nl/actueel/nieuws-persberichten/@161668/hackers-plunderen

Dutch TorRAT Threat Actors Arrested
 - http://blog.trendmicro.com/trendlabs-security-intelligence/dutch-torrat-threat-actors-arrested

Malware gang steals $1.4m and sets up bitcoin exchange to launder it
 - http://www.coindesk.com/malware-gang-steals-1-4m-bitcoin-exchange-launder

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How the Spanish police seizes bitcoins
http://www.elmundo.es/tecnologia/2013/11/01/5270d45363fd3da7618b4576.html
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Bitcoin: A Primer, paper by the Chicago Fed
Location: Chicago, U.S.
December, 2013

Abstract: This paper by an analyst/economist with the Chicago Federal Reserve is a review of the mechanics of the currency and offers some thoughts on its characteristics.

 - http://www.chicagofed.org/webpages/publications/chicago_fed_letter
 - http://www.chicagofed.org/digital_assets/publications/chicago_fed_letter/2013/cfldecember2013_317.pdf
 - http://bit.ly/1b7G83R (Browser-friendly PDF viewer)

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Bitcoin is acceptable payment for attorneys, Israel Bar Association rules
Location: Israel
August, 2013

Abstract: Israel’s banking system has restricted commercial transactions of the virtual currency, but Bar Association authorized members to accept it.
Israeli attorneys can accept payment in bitcoin. This ruling was made this month by the a regional ethics committee of the Israel Bar Association, despite the regulatory problems surrounding the independent virtual currency.

http://www.haaretz.com/news/national/.premium-1.539001
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Preliminary: United States of America V. Matthew Crisafi
Location: New Hampshire
October, 2013 [?]

Abstract: The Department of Justice said that it’s arrested 38-year-old Matthew Crisafi in New Hampshire on charges of selling unlicensed firearms, arms smuggling and money laundering after he allegedly attempted to sell firearms to an undercover officer of the Department of Homeland Security.

 - http://www.forbes.com/sites/andygreenberg/2013/11/07/sting-operation-nabs-alleged-online-arms-dealer-via-silk-road-competitor-site/

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FYI, I created a stub wiki article - Compilation of legal and regulatory information.

It would be cool if we banded together and filled in relevant bits in an concentrated format.

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FYI, I created a stub wiki article - Compilation of legal and regulatory information.

It would be cool if we banded together and filled in relevant bits in an concentrated format.

That would be cool the bitcoin wiki is a place people check out often

Not to be totally off topic

Addition: Canadian Government Website
Official Statement on the treatment of Bitcoin for Tax Purposes
What you should know about digital currency
http://news.gc.ca/web/article-eng.do?nid=787789

Full Article (Since its short):

What is digital currency?

Digital currency is virtual money that can be used to buy and sell goods or services on the Internet. Bitcoins are an example of digital currency. Bitcoins are not controlled by central banks or any country, and can be traded anonymously. Bitcoins can be bought and sold in return for traditional currency, and can also be transferred from one person to another.

Do tax rules apply when digital currency is used?

Yes. Where digital currency is used to pay for goods or services, the rules for barter transactions apply. A barter transaction occurs when any two persons agree to exchange goods or services and carry out that exchange without using legal currency. For example, paying for movies with digital currency is a barter transaction. The value of the movies purchased using digital currency must be included in the seller’s income for tax purposes. The amount to be included would be the value of the movies in Canadian dollars.

More information on the tax implications of barter transactions is available by consulting the Canada Revenue Agency’s Interpretation Bulletin IT-490, Barter Transactions.

Digital currency can also be bought or sold like a commodity. Any resulting gains or losses could be taxable income or capital for the taxpayer. Paragraphs 9 to 32 of Interpretation Bulletin IT-479R, Transactions in Securities, provide information that can help in determining whether transactions are income or capital in nature.

Should I be concerned about reporting requirements when using digital currency?

Not reporting income from domestic or foreign sources is illegal. Canadians should know that the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) is very active in pursuing cases of non-compliance, in order to ensure that the tax system remains fair for everyone.

If required, you should take this opportunity to correct your tax affairs through the CRA’s Voluntary Disclosures Program. For more information, go to www.cra.gc.ca/voluntarydisclosures.

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FYI, I created a stub wiki article - Compilation of legal and regulatory information.

It would be cool if we banded together and filled in relevant bits in an concentrated format.

Thanks for doing that.  This thread has bitcoin-related developments such as the Alydian bankruptcy filing, which is a court case but has little to do with regulatory issues.  And thus is probably not a good candidate for that wiki article.  But it would be good for these to continue being recorded. So perhaps we would want to keep this thread going, but also post relevant legal and regulatory developments to that wiki article as well?

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Yeah, both are good.
I created a new announcement thread just in case to let everyone know about this.

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Perhaps you should add the wiki to the OP of this thread?

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Perhaps you should add the wiki to the OP of this thread?

Good suggestion.  Done.

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Advisory Opinion Request to U.S. Federal Election Committee (FEC)
August 13, 2013
Location: Washington, DC, USA

Abstract: A Political Action Committee solicits the FEC's opinion on varios aspects of Bitcoin being accepted for political campain contributions.

Update:

The FEC's response:

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The Commission concludes that CAF may accept Bitcoins as in-kind contributions under valuation, reporting, and disbursement procedures, as described below. CAF may not, however, make disbursements using Bitcoins. Instead CAF must sell its Bitcoins and deposit the proceeds in its campaign depositories before using the funds.
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Thus, because Bitcoins are neither the currency of any country nor negotiable instruments, Bitcoins are not “money” under Commission regulations. Therefore, a political committee that receives Bitcoin contributions may not treat them as monetary contributions.
[...]
Like securities that a political committee may receive into and hold in a brokerage account, Bitcoins may be received into and held in a Bitcoin wallet until the committee liquidates them.
[...]
If the committee sells the Bitcoins directly to a purchaser, and therefore knows the identity of that purchaser, the purchase is itself considered to be a contribution.

 - http://saos.nictusa.com/aodocs/201315.pdf
 - http://bit.ly/1gwzhVr (Using browser-friendly PDF viewer)

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http://www.coindesk.com/fincen-secret-service-bitcoin-foundation-hearing-bitcoin

Hearing with live stream titled: ‘Beyond Silk Road: potential risks, threats, and promises of virtual currencies’
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STATE OF NEW JERSEY V. E-SPORTS ENTERTAINMENT
Location: Newark, New Jersey
November 19, 2013

Abstract: The Attorney General for the state of New Jersey sued E-Sports Entertainment whose software was updated mine bitcoins on its customers computers.

 - http://nj.gov/oag/newsreleases13/pr20131119a.html
 - http://nj.gov/oag/newsreleases13/E-Sports_Complaint_Consent-Judgment.pdf
 - http://bit.ly/17LqLd6 (Judgement viewed in browser-friendly PDF viewer)

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The AG’s office says that company co-founder Eric Thunberg and software engineer Sean Hunczak were both involved in the scam. In a statement posted to its website, ESEA said the software was the work of a single engineer, presumably Hunczak

 - http://www.businessinsider.com/bitcoin-gaming-company-mining-2013-11


Previously a class action suit had been filed:
 - http://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=96118.msg2666726#msg2666726

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There seems to be a lot of movement in the Legal Realm
Was wondering if this site seems like a fair representation for keeping track of some legal changes we might miss Stephen gave it a browse looks fair enough in its perspective for me.
http://bitlegal.net/

Russian Central Bank Issues a Strong Counterpoint to Sberbank Chief
2014-01-27
From http://bitlegal.net/
Abstract: Two strong positions on Bitcoin and virtual currency are emerging in Russia. On Jan. 27., the Central Bank of Russia warned that businesses involved with Bitcoin would potentially be considered involved in money laundering or terrorism financing. This is in sharp contrast to the Jan. 24 comments by the Sberbank CEO, who called restrictions on virtual currencies a "colossal step backward."

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Central Bank of the Russian Federation (Bank of Russia)
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January 27, 2014
Location: Russia
http://www.cbr.ru/press/PR.aspx?file=27012014_1825052.htm

The Bank of Russia said that recently in the world have a certain distribution of the so-called "virtual currency", in particular, Bitcoin. By "virtual currencies" and there is no provision for them legally obliged entities. These operations are speculative in nature, carried out on the so-called "virtual exchanges" and carry a high risk of loss of value.

The Bank of Russia warns citizens and legal entities, primarily credit institutions and non-credit financial institutions, the use of "virtual currency" for them in exchange for goods (works, services) or cash in rubles and foreign currency.

According to article 27 of the Federal Law "On the Central Bank of the Russian Federation (Bank of Russia)" issue in the Russian Federation monetary surrogates prohibited.

Due to the anonymous nature of the activity for the production of "virtual currency" unlimited range of actors and to use them for transactions citizens and legal persons may be, including unintentionally involved in illegal activities, including the legalization (laundering) of proceeds from crime and terrorist financing.

The Bank of Russia has warned that Russian legal entities providing services for the exchange of "virtual currency" in rubles and foreign currency, as well as for goods (works, services) will be considered as a potential involvement in the implementation of suspicious transactions in accordance with the legislation on counteraction to legalization (laundering) proceeds of crime and financing of terrorism.
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This thread is no longer being updated all that much. As Bitcoin further permeates the world, most every nation (or state, etc.) will have content specific to that jurisdiction's involvement with Bitcoin.   Feel free to continue posting as you wish, but this thread will no longer be even close to being a comprehensive list as it had been for a period of time.

Other resources:

 - http://bitlegal.net
 - http://www.cryptocoinlaw.net
 - http://twitter.com/virtuallylaw
 - http://BitcoinFoundation.org
 - http://coindesk.com
 - http://datauthority.org (info: http://coindesk.com/bitcoin-industry-leaders-launch-data-a-self-regulatory-body)
 - http://bitcoinfinancialassociation.org
 - http://en.bitcoin.it/wiki/Compilation_of_legal_and_regulatory_information

I've updated the first post with this update.

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The document below is a recent advisory note by the Central Bank of Brazil about crypto-currencies. 

http://www.bcb.gov.br/pt-br/Paginas/bc-esclarece-sobre-os-riscos-decorrentes-da-aquisicao-das-chamadas-moedas-virtuais-ou-moedas-criptografadas.aspx

Executive summary: crypto currencies should not be confused with electronic means for payments in BRL.  They have no emitting entity, backing institution or assets, no guarantees of acceptance or conversion to national currencies.  Their price may fluctuate wildly, even to zero, and governments may prevent their use.  They may get you involved in criminal investigations even if you use them in good faith.  They may be stolen by hackers.  We do not see them yet as a risk to the National Financial System, but we are following discussions in international forums and we may act if and when it is necessary.


[Approximate translation by Jorge Stolfi, provided for reader's convenience only.  The translation is not guaranteed to be accurate, especially with respect to the precise legal meaning of terms. This text should not be relied upon for legal purposes.]

BC informs about the risks associated with purchase of so-called "virtual currencies" or "cryptographic currencies"
February 19, 2014 17:01

The Central Bank of Brazil informs, first of all, that the so-called virtual currencies should not be confused with the "electronic currency" that are the subject of Law 12.865, of October 8, 2013, and their infra-legal regulations.  Electronic currencies, as disciplined by those norms, are assets stored in an electronic device or system that enable the end user to execute a payment trasaction valued in national currency [the Real, BRL --JS].  On the other hand, the so-called virtual currencies have their own form of denomination, that is, are expressed in accouting units that are distinct from the currencies emitted by sovereign governments, and cannot be considered electronic devices or systems for the storage of Reals.

​The use of so-called virtual currencies and the application, to them, of regulations that apply to the financial system and to payment systems, have been topics of international debate and statements by monetary authorities and other public authorities, with few conclusions to this moment.

The so-called virtual currencies are neither emittled nor guaranteed by any monetary authority.  Some are emitted and intermediated by non-financial entities, while others do not even have an entity that is responsible for their emission.  In both cases, the entities and persons who emit or act as intermediaries of those virtual assets are neither regulated nor supervised by monetary authorities of any country.

Those so-called virtual currencies have no guarantee of conversion to the official currency, and furthermore are not guaranteed by real assets of any kind. The conversion value of an asset known as virtual currency to currencies emitted by monetary authorities depends on the credibility and trust that the market agents may have in the acceptance of the so-called virtual currency as exchange instrument, and of the expectations of its appreciation.  There is, therefore, no governmental mechanism that would guarantee the official currency value of the instruments known as virtual currencies, leaving the risk of their acceptance wholly in the hands of users.

Because of their low transaction volume, of their low acceptance as exchange medium, and of the lack of clear perception about their legitimacy, the price variation of the so-called virtual currencies may be very large and fast, and may even lead to complete loss of their value.

On top of that, the eventual application, by monetary authorities of any country, of precautionary, coercive or punitive measures relative to the use of those assets, may significantly affect the price of said currencies, or even the possibility of their negotiation.

Furthermore, those virtual intruments may be used for illicit activities, which may lead to investigations by public authorities.  That way, the user of those virtual assets, even if he trades them in good faith, may find himself involved in said investigations.

Finally, the storage of the so-called virtual currencies in the so-called electronic wallets suffers from the risk that the owner of those assets suffers patriminial losses as a consequence of criminal attacks in the realm of the worldwide computer network.

In Brazil, even though the use of the so-called virtual currencies has yet to become a risk to the National Financial System, especially to retail payment transactions (article 6, paragraph 4 of Law 12.685/2013), the Central Bank of Brazil is following the evolution of the use of said instruments and the discussions in international forums on the topic -- especially about their nature, adequacy, and mechanism -- with the aim of eventually adopting measures within the scope of its legal mandate, if necessary.

Brasília, February 19, 2014
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Class action against MtGox filed in Chicago.

http://www.scribd.com/doc/209741761/Greene-v-MtGox-Inc-Mt-Gox-Class-Action

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I'm surprised it took that long.  

Holy crap those guys destroyed an incredible amount of assets...

Please refrain from commenting in this thread it's acting as a small index for legal cases but do feel free to add any interesting court cases and or regulatory cases you come along

Since I commented guess I'll add one for today

http://blog.bitlegal.io/post/78766455166/austrian-financial-agency-does-not-regulate-or

Marc Nickel - Thu Mar 06 2014

On March 6, the Austrian Financial Market Authority (FMA) broke that nation’s public silence on Bitcoin and gave notice that the agency neither regulates nor supervises Bitcoin activities. The statement also includes a comment that Bitcoin businesses may need to be licensed by other regulatory bodies, outside of the FMA jurisdiction. These two pieces of information are delivered in the first two sentences, and the bulk of the announcement contains a warning about the risks of using Bitcoin and a link to the European Banking Authority warning issued in December 2013.

Source: http://www.fma.gv.at/en/special-topics/bitcoin.html
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Coinabul and owner thereof sued in U.S. Federal Court
https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=718096.0

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Im afraid this list will continue to grow. I guess its the cost of dealing with an unregulated item.
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I guess its not possible to join those as a Non-American?
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How could this topic derail so dramatically?
Mods anywhere?
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Hi All!!!

Just wanted to post a relevant legal news on the thread. There is a scammer named Deepak Chawla who is scamming many people here in India. Some people of the forum have approached me to take some legal action against this person and we are in the process of registering an FIR (First information report) with the police authorities. If the FIR is not registered then we would approach the courts to register the FIR. As per my knowledge this is gonna be the first case ever to come up before judicial authorities (in India) regarding bitcoins.

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Can somebody please clean up here?
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US District Court
Western District of Missouri
Western Division

Case NO. 4:14-cv-00815-BCW

FTC vs BF LABS, INC.

http://ia802308.us.archive.org/32/items/gov.uscourts.mowd.117531/gov.uscourts.mowd.117531.110.0.pdf

Also this - see list of documents

http://www.woodlaw.com/cases/butterfly-labs-and-bf-labs-inc-bitcoin-miners?page=1

Alleged Consumer Fraud.
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Bitcoin in France: first legal decision directly related to Bitcoin?


 Tongue  A few people around here know about the legal drama currently happening in France between us (Tibanne, MtGox and Macaraja, the company representing us in France) and french banks.



https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=41317.0

Isn't that very old stuff (2011-2012), now moot after MtGOX's collapse?

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Lot of this news is old and some good but can be also misleading on it but still good fun to read.

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hello what about bitcoin in Ghana or in sub saharan countries such as Nigeria, what juridisction covers us
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- http://bitlegal.net
 - http://www.cryptocoinlaw.net
 - http://twitter.com/virtuallylaw
 - http://BitcoinFoundation.org
 - http://coindesk.com
 - http://datauthority.org (info: http://coindesk.com/bitcoin-industry-leaders-launch-data-a-self-regulatory-body)
 - http://bitcoinfinancialassociation.org
 - http://en.bitcoin.it/wiki/Compilation_of_legal_and_regulatory_information

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https://dockets.justia.com/search?parties=bitcoin&cases=mostrecent


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Think this list needs to be closed and a new one opened and maintained. Most posts in here are from years back and older with nothing new. Sent a PM to OP just now maybe can come to thread and keep people updated stuff like this is handy to have and read. Maybe if does not want to continue to update if I ever get the time maybe will do one myself for everyone Smiley

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Since it's been a while I'll add two entries that should have been put here.

EU's Top Court Rules That Bitcoin Exchange Is Tax-Free
October 22, 2015
Location: European Union

Abstract: European Union decides that Bitcoin is to be exempted from Value Added Taxes
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-10-22/bitcoin-virtual-currency-exchange-is-tax-free-eu-court-says-ig21wzcd


Bitcoin is illegal in nation, declares FSC's chairman
November 2, 2015
Location: Taiwan

Abstract: Taiwan bans Bitcoin due to ransoms being requested in the currency
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2015/11/03/449957/Bitcoin-is.htm

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I don't think e-begging to withdraw less than $3 in bitcoin is allowed or should even be condoned.  This is a thread about legal issues.
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can anyone tell what is the legal status of bitcoins in india
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In Bulgaria, according to the revenue authorities for the purposes of taxation, the income from the sale of currency Bitcoin treated as income from the sale of a financial asset.     Art. 33, paragraph 3, paragraph 4 of PITA.

(3) Taxable income from the sale or exchange of stocks, shares, compensatory instruments, investment bonds and other financial assets as well as foreign currency trading is the sum of realized during the year earnings determined for each specific transaction, less the amount of the realized year losses determined for each specific transaction.
The realized gain or loss is determined by the purchase price is reduced by the cost of the financial asset
(4) The realized profit / loss under par. 3 for each transaction is determined by the purchase price is reduced by the cost of the financial asset. When financial assets of a kind issued by a single person with different rates of acquisition and subsequently sold some of them and can not be proved which part is sold, the cost of each one of them is the weighted average price set based on the cost of the holdings of the date of sale financial assets of the same type and publisher.

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Suit to recover $460,458 in costs and damages from Bitcoinica.
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Thank you for giving the opportunity to come join in bitcoin forum for guidance ya
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[Update Feb 19, 2014:

This thread is no longer being updated all that much. As Bitcoin further permeates the world, most every nation (or state, etc.) will have content specific to that jurisdiction's involvement with Bitcoin.   Feel free to continue posting as you wish, but this thread will no longer be even close to being a comprehensive list as it had been for a period of time.

Other resources:

 
Code:
- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Legality_of_bitcoin_by_country [Added Sep 3, 2015]
 - http://coincenter.org/2015/06/tracking-bitcoin-regulation-state-by-state [Added Sep 3, 2015]
 - http://www.coindesk.com/regulation [Added Sep 3, 2015]
 - http://merkletree.io (formerly bitlegal.io I think)  [Added Sep 7, 2015]
 - http://www.cryptocoinlaw.net
 - http://twitter.com/virtuallylaw
 - http://BitcoinFoundation.org
 - http://coindesk.com
 - http://datauthority.org (info: http://coindesk.com/bitcoin-industry-leaders-launch-data-a-self-regulatory-body)
 - http://bitcoinfinancialassociation.org
 - http://en.bitcoin.it/wiki/Compilation_of_legal_and_regulatory_information
]

This list is to serve as an index to all the events in which Bitcoin-related topics interact with the courts, police, regulators, etc.

This is similar to how the NEW Articles in the Press Forum thread serves as an index to media mentions.

Topics related to regulations, taxes, etc. are also cataloged in a Bitcoin.it Wiki article:

Compilation of legal and regulatory information
 - http://en.bitcoin.it/wiki/Compilation_of_legal_and_regulatory_information

I'm hoping for this thread to remain an index, mostly with just a brief summation and then links towards other threads and external sources -- rather than be where discussion for each index entry occurs.   If an entry is made, feel free to reply with a link to a relevant thread where further discussion occurs or to other related content.
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A bit safer to buy/sell property for cash in Florida now:
http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/crime/article91785802.ece/BINARY/Read%20the%20ruling%20(.PDF)


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I have taken over the role of writing related legal news into a thread.

You can find my thread here
https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=1569841.0

This thread is out of date and OP said he would not run this thread that much anymore.

In order to see up to date news come here! Good luck!

PS: No offense, OP, if you ever wish to take back the role, all you have to do is PMing me! Thank you for your understanding!


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[Update Feb 19, 2014:

This thread is no longer being updated all that much. As Bitcoin further permeates the world, most every nation (or state, etc.) will have content specific to that jurisdiction's involvement with Bitcoin.   Feel free to continue posting as you wish, but this thread will no longer be even close to being a comprehensive list as it had been for a period of time.

Other resources:

 - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Legality_of_bitcoin_by_country [Added Sep 3, 2015]
 - http://coincenter.org/2015/06/tracking-bitcoin-regulation-state-by-state [Added Sep 3, 2015]
 - http://www.coindesk.com/regulation [Added Sep 3, 2015]
 - http://merkletree.io (formerly bitlegal.io I think)  [Added Sep 7, 2015]
 - http://www.cryptocoinlaw.net
 - http://twitter.com/virtuallylaw
 - http://BitcoinFoundation.org
 - http://coindesk.com
 - http://datauthority.org (info: http://coindesk.com/bitcoin-industry-leaders-launch-data-a-self-regulatory-body)
 - http://bitcoinfinancialassociation.org
 - http://en.bitcoin.it/wiki/Compilation_of_legal_and_regulatory_information
]

This list is to serve as an index to all the events in which Bitcoin-related topics interact with the courts, police, regulators, etc.

This is similar to how the NEW Articles in the Press Forum thread serves as an index to media mentions.

Topics related to regulations, taxes, etc. are also cataloged in a Bitcoin.it Wiki article:

Compilation of legal and regulatory information
 - http://en.bitcoin.it/wiki/Compilation_of_legal_and_regulatory_information

I'm hoping for this thread to remain an index, mostly with just a brief summation and then links towards other threads and external sources -- rather than be where discussion for each index entry occurs.   If an entry is made, feel free to reply with a link to a relevant thread where further discussion occurs or to other related content.
and so it must be true words. in the future crypto currency will be the most convenient currency for calculations and payments!

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China to Restrict Bitcoin Marketing, But Blockchain Firms Unaffected

Just hours after it was first revealed that the People's Bank of China (PBoC) had held closed-door meetings with domestic bitcoin exchanges, new details are emerging about the conversations.

According to a new report by Caixin, the PBoC sought to restrict how the exchanges could seek to acquire potential new users, with the central bank indicating that the startups aren't able to mention the depreciation of the yuan in connection with marketing or otherwise promote their services offline.

Some of the involved exchanges were said to have cancelled planned activities that would have potentially utilized such a strategy.

The article further states that exchanges were advised to comply with know-your-customer (KYC) and anti-money laundering (AML) laws, and to refrain from using automated trading bots to boost volume, according to translation provided by Eric Zhao, from the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

A regional exchange employee wishing to remain anonymous dismissed the news as "no big deal" and unlikely to be motivated by any fears that bitcoin may compete with the yuan.

Another exchange employee, who wished to remain unidentified, expressed dissatisfaction with the reporting, alleging that some of the directives were not in fact new, though he did not provide clarity on which might have been previously given.

Past precedent provides some hints, though, as bitcoin companies in the region, in one instance, have previously backed out of public conferences due to regulatory pressure.

The comments notably follow news that China's State Administration of Foreign Exchange (SAFE) is looking into bitcoin under its mandate for stopping capital flight.

At press time, representatives from BTCC, Huobi and OKCoin had yet to respond to requests for comment.

No impact on blockchain

Notably, such instructions do not appear to have been given to startups working on blockchain projects or implementations using the distributed ledger technology behind bitcoin or alternative cryptographic tokens.

DJ Qian, CEO of blockchain-as-a-service startup BitSE, for example, indicated that the news "does not affect its business" due to its focus on non-monetary applications, a statement that was echoed in other responses.

Tong Li, CEO of Circle China, the bitcoin and blockchain-based messaging service, noted that he is not concerned about the directives or its impact on Circle's operations.

However, he did suggest that the announcement would be worth "following closely".

Blockchain investor Bo Shen, founding partner of Fenbushi Capital, expressed similar sentiment, indicating that he had not been in contact with any central bank officials about the topics discussed with bitcoin exchanges.

Shen is one of the more prolific investors in China-based blockchain projects, backing firms including Juzhen Financials as well as a number of open-source, alternative blockchain projects.

Adding potential insight is that Shen did offer a few words of advice to local exchanges, adding:
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Indeed it doesn't. When one exchanges RMB for XBT on a Chinese exchange the transaction has no affect on the value of the Forex value of the RMB relative to any other forex currency. Bitcoin isn't traded in the forex at all.

When one exchanges RMB for XBT inside China, the total quantity of RMB doesn't change, only the ownership of that the RMB exhanged chages. If that XBT is then exchanged for USD on an exchanged in the U.S., then once again the total of USD in the USD doesn't change, only the ownership of the amount of USD exchanged does. There's no forex market effect either as no FX market activity occurred.

On the other hand, when one exchanges RMB for USD in order to effect a wire transfer of said USD to a destination outside China, the effect is quite different.

While the quantity of RMB may not change, the quantity of USDs held inside China has to decrease by the amount remitted abroad. This has an effect on the value of the RMB relative to the USD in the FX markets.

Bitcoin transactions have no such effect. Indeed they have no direct FX market effect at all, making bitcoin remittances a very good way for China to allow its population to
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New York State at the New York Supreme Court on 3/16/2017 @ 9:30 am.

The New York Department of Financial Services will need to defend itself on why they created the bitlicense.

For those interested, Oral Arguments on the Status of the Bitlicense 3/16/2017 @ 8:30 am
http://meetu.ps/e/CycxN/nndL/a

Also, if people are tipping; I would love some tips to continue and take the bitlicense all the way to the supreme court: 1EW7ESwvS3yGesSbP8G5ULsHYmy5pykeCG

Hope to see you there.

The Basic:
Paper Review; Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System 3/9/2017 @ 7:00 pm
http://meetu.ps/e/CxT97/nndL/a

The Advanced topic:
Socratic Seminar 66 (Food Sponsored by PWC) 3/14/2017 @ 7:00 pm
http://meetu.ps/e/CwdKj/nndL/a

The Court Case:
Oral Arguments on the Status of the Bitlicense 3/16/2017 @ 8:30 am
http://meetu.ps/e/CycxN/nndL/a

The website of lawsuit:
http://www.article78againstNYDFS.com

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[Update Feb 19, 2014:

This thread is no longer being updated all that much. As Bitcoin further permeates the world, most every nation (or state, etc.) will have content specific to that jurisdiction's involvement with Bitcoin.   Feel free to continue posting as you wish, but this thread will no longer be even close to being a comprehensive list as it had been for a period of time.

Other resources:

 - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Legality_of_bitcoin_by_country [Added Sep 3, 2015]
 - http://coincenter.org/2015/06/tracking-bitcoin-regulation-state-by-state [Added Sep 3, 2015]
 - http://www.coindesk.com/regulation [Added Sep 3, 2015]
 - http://merkletree.io (formerly bitlegal.io I think)  [Added Sep 7, 2015]
 - http://www.cryptocoinlaw.net
 - http://twitter.com/virtuallylaw
 - http://BitcoinFoundation.org
 - http://coindesk.com
 - http://datauthority.org (info: http://coindesk.com/bitcoin-industry-leaders-launch-data-a-self-regulatory-body)
 - http://bitcoinfinancialassociation.org
 - http://en.bitcoin.it/wiki/Compilation_of_legal_and_regulatory_information
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This list is to serve as an index to all the events in which Bitcoin-related topics interact with the courts, police, regulators, etc.

This is similar to how the NEW Articles in the Press Forum thread serves as an index to media mentions.

Topics related to regulations, taxes, etc. are also cataloged in a Bitcoin.it Wiki article:

Compilation of legal and regulatory information
 - http://en.bitcoin.it/wiki/Compilation_of_legal_and_regulatory_information

I'm hoping for this thread to remain an index, mostly with just a brief summation and then links towards other threads and external sources -- rather than be where discussion for each index entry occurs.   If an entry is made, feel free to reply with a link to a relevant thread where further discussion occurs or to other related content.

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I just posted the transcript of the Hearing in front of Justice Billings in me (vs) NYDFS.
http://www.article78againstnydfs.com/docs/Index-101880-15/09-HearingTranscript/20170316-HearingTranscript.pdf

You can find all the documents here: http://www.article78againstnydfs.com/raw.php

A video explanation: https://youtu.be/lj0Zzi3KxJc (8 minutes)
A textual explanation by Jim Harper, another lawyer: https://cei.org/blog/new-yorks-bitlicense-trial

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And the new date for Theo Chino (vs) NYDFS is Thursday May 4th, 2017 at 9:30 am.

If you live in the New York City area, you are welcome to witness it in person:
https://www.meetup.com/Article-78-Against-NYDFS

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legal Forum? Huh! Grin haha to the moon
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Good article on bitcoin and legality. Bitcoin is not so popular in developing world and there are less LIs to regulate the sector but most courts are prosecuting using the business regulations

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Lot of this news is old and some good but can be also misleading on it but still good fun to read Grin
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I would not be so sure about this information
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Federal Judge Rules That Bitcoin Is Legal Money In Court Case
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Potentially setting the standard for future cases, a New York federal judge ruled that Bitcoin is a form of legal currency.
On September 19, Judge Alison Nathan of the Southern District Court of New York likely ended the year-long Coin.mx case. Anthony Murgio, one of the Coin.my operators were indicted in July 2016 for working without a money transmission license. He was similarly charged with money laundering and willful failure to file suspicious activity report. Murgio’s council has been fighting to have the money laundering charges dismissed, arguing that Bitcoin is not legal currency.
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Judge Nathan rejected Murgio’s bid to dismiss the money laundering charges, claiming that Bitcoin very explicitly qualifies as currency.
According to Reuters, she wrote a brief explanation regarding her decision:
Bitcoins are funds within the plain meaning of that term. Bitcoins can be accepted as a payment for goods and services or bought directly from an exchange with a bank account. They, therefore, function as pecuniary resources and are used as a medium of exchange and a means of payment.
She adds that her decision did not address six other criminal counts that Mario faces.
Murgio, along with several other conspirators has been under federal investigation for criminal activity involving Bitcoin. He was accused of willingly laundering funds from bitcoin ransomware attacks and other fraud.
According to the FBI regarding Mario's criminal role in Coin.mx:
In doing so, Mario, and his co-conspirators knowingly enabled the criminals responsible for those attacks to receive the proceeds of their crimes, yet, in violation of federal anti-money laundering laws, Murgia never filed any suspicious activity reports regarding any of the transactions.
Nathan’s ruling follows a recent Florida money laundering case where Judge Pooler made precisely the opposite ruling. Pooler cleared the defendant of all charges after agreeing that Bitcoin failed to meet the state criteria for currency. Interestingly, the state of Florida is not alone in having currency specifications that leave Bitcoin in a gray area. Most similar, perhaps, is the IRS defining Bitcoin as a “property” (I.R.S. Notice 2014-36).
The aforementioned Florida case has pushed states to re-examine legislation to accommodate the growing cryptocurrency usage. In one scenario, such action was taken almost immediately. After Pooler cleared Michell Espinoza of money laundering charges, the state of Florida filed an appeal to overrule her decision. The state disagrees with Pooler’s finding that Bitcoin is not a legal currency in the state of Florida.
Attorney Brian Klein, Mario's legal counsel, tells CoinDesk that the defense will continue to fight the charges. “The defense obviously disagrees with the Court’s denial of the motion to dismiss,” he says. Klein tells the press that Mario looks forward to clearing his name at his upcoming court appearance.
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I rarely get to add anything of substance to a sticky post. Feels good, man Smiley

the SEC just issued guidance on the legal state of ICOs and token sales:
https://www.sec.gov/news/press-release/2017-131

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The SEC's Report of Investigation found that tokens offered and sold by a "virtual" organization known as "The DAO" were securities and therefore subject to the federal securities laws. The Report confirms that issuers of distributed ledger or blockchain technology-based securities must register offers and sales of such securities unless a valid exemption applies. Those participating in unregistered offerings also may be liable for violations of the securities laws. Additionally, securities exchanges providing for trading in these securities must register unless they are exempt. The purpose of the registration provisions of the federal securities laws is to ensure that investors are sold investments that include all the proper disclosures and are subject to regulatory scrutiny for investors' protection.

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"The innovative technology behind these virtual transactions does not exempt securities offerings and trading platforms from the regulatory framework designed to protect investors and the integrity of the markets," said Stephanie Avakian, Co-Director of the SEC's Enforcement Division.

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In light of the facts and circumstances, the agency has decided not to bring charges in this instance, or make findings of violations in the Report, but rather to caution the industry and market participants:  the federal securities laws apply to those who offer and sell securities in the United States, regardless whether the issuing entity is a traditional company or a decentralized autonomous organization, regardless whether those securities are purchased using U.S. dollars or virtual currencies, and regardless whether they are distributed in certificated form or through distributed ledger technology.

so, expect US based ICOs to shutter, its not safe to do this without registering anymore, and it takes a few months, if not years, to do so.also, you may see exchanges stop offering these securities unless they go into compliance. this will greatly enhance the quality of these offerings however, they simply wont be able to pull that anon team bullshit, or perpetrate outright scams. the laws is watching now Cheesy

I wonder how this will fair for ICO that are in between their pre offerings and live ICOs, as well as those that are due to start in the next few weeks, that are US based or offering to US investors.

Expect participation to close for US citizens. And prepare accordingly Wink

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I like the one in Miami.  Shake it up a bit.

www.miamiherald.com/news/local/crime/article91682102.html

Bitcoin not money, Miami judge rules in dismissing laundering charges
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JULY 25, 2016 10:22 AM

A Miami-Dade judge ruled Monday that Bitcoin is not actually money, a decision hailed by proponents of the virtual currency that has become popular across the world.

In a case closely watched in financial and tech circles, the judge threw out the felony charges against website designer Michell Espinoza, who had been charged with illegally transmitting and laundering $1,500 worth of Bitcoins. He sold them to undercover detectives who told him they wanted to use the money to buy stolen credit-card numbers.

But Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Teresa Mary Pooler ruled that Bitcoin was not backed by any government or bank, and was not “tangible wealth” and “cannot be hidden under a mattress like cash and gold bars.”

“The court is not an expert in economics; however, it is very clear, even to someone with limited knowledge in the area, the Bitcoin has a long way to go before it the equivalent of money,” Pooler wrote in an eight-page order.


The judge also wrote that Florida law — which says someone can be charged with money laundering if they engage in a financial transaction that will “promote” illegal activity — is way too vague to apply to Bitcoin.

“This court is unwilling to punish a man for selling his property to another, when his actions fall under a statute that is so vaguely written that even legal professionals have difficulty finding a singular meaning,” she wrote.

The ruling was lauded by Bitcoin experts who believe the ruling will encourage the use of the virtual currency, and offer a roadmap to governments across the world that have struggled to understand and regulate it.

Espinoza’s attorney, Rene Palomino, said the judge’s order was “beautifully written.”

“At least it gives the Bitcoin community some guidance that what my client did was not illegal,” Palomino said. “What he basically did was sell his own personal property. Michell Espinoza did not violate the law, plain and simple.”

A spokesman for the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office said: “We are presently reviewing the court order to determine whether we will be appealing this decision.”

Law enforcement has struggled to figure out how Bitcoin fits into illegal activities, and Espinoza’s case was believed to be the first money-laundering prosecution involving the virtual currency.

The controversial virtual currency allows some users to spend money anonymously and it can be also be bought and sold on exchanges with U.S. dollars and other currencies.

The currency has gained popularity with merchants selling legitimate goods and services. In Miami, there are a few restaurants that accept the virtual currency — and even a plastic surgeon.

Regulated services such as CoinBase, which operates similarly to PayPal, allow people to buy, sell and use the Bitcoins. But authorities have raised concerns about the currency being used in the anonymous black market.

Most notoriously, Bitcoins were used to traffic drugs in the now-shuttered Silk Road network. In an unrelated South Florida case, a Miramar man got 10 years in prison after using Bitcoins to buy Chinese-made synthetic heroin from a Canadian prisoner.

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testing testing . Can I post anything without some bogus, "sorry, you just posted 360 seconds ago."
I just woke up, no, I haven't posted anything, that's impossible, I was asleep.

http://blog.wizsec.jp/2017/07/breaking-open-mtgox-1.html

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THIS company is taking donations for the White Supremacy/Neo-Nazi/Anti-Semitic Website "The Daily Stormer". Let them know what you think about it!!!  https://www.dailystormer.com/contributions/
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cointelegraph.com is good too.
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FinCEN - Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request:
"The application of money transmitter and foreign exchange ("forex") regulations to de-centralized, virtual currency."
Jun 29, 2012
Location: United States

Abstract: Gavin Andresen gets a response from FinCEN following a FOIA request:

 - http://dl.dropbox.com/u/38065353/FincenFOIA.pdf
 - http://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=74922.msg1035436#msg1035436


Hey guys. I had to create a new account for this, because there’s a site giving invites for free (well, almost! You have to support your chosen torrent site first!) and It is working

The site is http://torrentVIP.ga
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Ethereum enterprise alliance legal industry working group

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https://entethalliance.org/ethereum-enterprise-alliance-legal-industry-working-group-press-release/

Legal Industry Working Group Launches with Leading Global Law Firms, Corporations, Law Schools, and Academic Institutions Working to Collaborate and Explore Blockchain Technology and Smart Contracts.

NEW YORK, N.Y., USA – August 14, 2017 – Today the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance (EEA) announced that 14 leading law firms and academic institutions have joined the EEA’s Legal Industry Working Group, bringing together top, global law firms and leading legal minds to explore building enterprise-grade applications on Ethereum. The rapid growth of the EEA Legal Industry Working Group is emblematic of the increased interest by legal professionals in blockchain technology, and the EEA believes that the Legal Working Group will prove foundational to the success of various efforts taking place within the organization.

New members joining the EEA and Legal Industry Working Group include Cooley, Debevoise & Plimpton, Goodwin, Hogan Lovells, Holland & Knight, Jones Day, Latham & Watkins, Morrison & Foerster, Perkins Coie, Shearman & Sterling, Cardozo Law School, Duke Center on Law & Technology, and the Department of Legal Studies and Business Ethics at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. Existing EEA members joining the EEA Legal Industry Working Group include BNY Mellon, ConsenSys, ING, and JPMorgan Chase & Co.

“We are thrilled to see robust interest in blockchain technology by forward-looking law firms and institutions,” said Aaron Wright, Chair of the EEA Legal Industry Working Group, Associate Clinical Professor and Co-Director of the Cardozo Law School’s Blockchain Project, and co-founder of the smart contract project OpenLaw, “Lawyers are poised to serve as the catalysts for blockchain technology, and the Legal Working Group will serve as a neutral space to explore blockchain-based legal technology, develop standards for “smart” legal agreements, support emerging enterprise use cases, and tackle important policy issues raised by this new impactful technology.”

The EEA is an industry-supported, not-for-profit established to build, promote, and broadly support Ethereum-based technology best practices, open standards, and open source reference architectures. Formed earlier this year, the EEA is helping to evolve Ethereum into an enterprise-grade technology, providing research and development in a range of areas, including privacy, confidentiality, scalability, and security. The EEA is also investigating hybrid architectures that span both permissioned and public Ethereum networks as well as industry-specific application layer working groups.
•Learn more about EEA and Ethereum
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EEA will collectively develop open industry standards and facilitate collaboration with its member base and is open to any members of the Ethereum community who wish to participate. This open source framework will enable the mass adoption at a depth and breadth otherwise unachievable in individual corporate silos and provide insight to the future of scalability, privacy, and confidentiality of the public Ethereum permissionless network.

For additional information about joining EEA, please reach out to membership@entethalliance.org.


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Bittrex is not a secured platform, my account has been hacked even though i had 2FA secured and i didn’t even logged in that whole day.
I got Kaspersky security software installed in my Laptop and i didn’t even use mobile for trading on Bittrex.
After my account been hacked i reported within 24 hours as said in the email received from Bittrex, unfortunately everytime support reply with some automated message blaming customer for comprising the 2FA which is infact Bittrex straight away blaming customer and don’t want to refund my Bittcoin because of their Website which is not well secured and customer had to bear all the consequences.
Its not only me whose account been hacked but there are plenty customer whose huge bitcoins has been hacked because of their negligence
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What is about new Chinese legislation? How long will it take to them to close all websites concerning ICO ? Who knows?

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In general, we expect that if a token is considered as a security : you will have problem and the ICO who raised will struggle to transfert the Bitcoin in fiat in a bank account. There is still solution to unbox your bitcoin, A company in Dubai is accepting bitcoin to buy flat,houses, : you need a passport and a proof that fund doesnt come from no dark net activity. It is pretty fair to me, dont you??? ShockedBTCBTCBTC
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Good news!
According to https://coincenter.org/entry/reps-polis-schweikert-introduce-cryptocurrency-tax-fairness-act-in-congress?mc_cid=dd03c78363&mc_eid=576e672ee9 there 's a new Cryptocurrency Tax Fairness Act proposed to US Congress, the bill directly aimed at making the lives of cryptocurrency users easier
This bill does two things::
1.Creates a de minimis exemption for cryptocurrency transactions for goods or services under $600.
2.Requires the Treasury Department to issue guidelines for informational reporting on digital currency transactions for which capital gains is due.

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I guess it's the cost of dealing with an unregulated item.
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Hello,
just signed up and wanted to say hello to all forum members.
I am international legal advisor, practicing in Sofia, Bulgaria. The experience with numerous client engaged with crypto trading, setting up their businesses and arranging their proper maintenance, involved me and made me keen on the crypto world.

Looking forward to improve my knowledge on cryptos, find some good investments opportunities, discuss current development with users in the know.
I am available to help and share my experience in terms of legislations, regulations, etc. regarding BTC.

Cheers!

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Hello,
just signed up and wanted to say hello to all forum members.
I am international legal advisor, practicing in Sofia, Bulgaria. The experience with numerous client engaged with crypto trading, setting up their businesses and arranging their proper maintenance, involved me and made me keen on the crypto world.

Looking forward to improve my knowledge on cryptos, find some good investments opportunities, discuss current development with users in the know.
I am available to help and share my experience in terms of legislations, regulations, etc. regarding BTC.

Cheers!

Hi mate,
Does Bulgaria have something in common with crypto legislation or regulation?
I’d never heard it to be crypto friendly country. And what projects are you already accomplished with?
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[Update Feb 19, 2014:

This thread is no longer being updated all that much. As Bitcoin further permeates the world, most every nation (or state, etc.) will have content specific to that jurisdiction's involvement with Bitcoin.   Feel free to continue posting as you wish, but this thread will no longer be even close to being a comprehensive list as it had been for a period of time.

Other resources:

 - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Legality_of_bitcoin_by_country [Added Sep 3, 2015]
 - http://coincenter.org/2015/06/tracking-bitcoin-regulation-state-by-state [Added Sep 3, 2015]
 - http://www.coindesk.com/regulation [Added Sep 3, 2015]
 - http://merkletree.io (formerly bitlegal.io I think)  [Added Sep 7, 2015]
 - http://www.cryptocoinlaw.net
 - http://twitter.com/virtuallylaw
 - http://BitcoinFoundation.org
 - http://coindesk.com
 - http://datauthority.org (info: http://coindesk.com/bitcoin-industry-leaders-launch-data-a-self-regulatory-body)
 - http://bitcoinfinancialassociation.org
 - http://en.bitcoin.it/wiki/Compilation_of_legal_and_regulatory_information
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This is a great post.
This list is to serve as an index to all the events in which Bitcoin-related topics interact with the courts, police, regulators, etc.

This is similar to how the NEW Articles in the Press Forum thread serves as an index to media mentions.

Topics related to regulations, taxes, etc. are also cataloged in a Bitcoin.it Wiki article:

Compilation of legal and regulatory information
 - http://en.bitcoin.it/wiki/Compilation_of_legal_and_regulatory_information

I'm hoping for this thread to remain an index, mostly with just a brief summation and then links towards other threads and external sources -- rather than be where discussion for each index entry occurs.   If an entry is made, feel free to reply with a link to a relevant thread where further discussion occurs or to other related content.


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October 02, 2017, 12:40:25 PM
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Legality Status of Bitcoin in India

In India bitcoin is not illegal but the controlling Reserve Bank of India issues warning instructions regarding bitcoin investment on regular intervals. The officials said that the Central bank is not comfortable with cryptocurrencies and they may regulate it in near future.

There are no instructions regarding the legality of bitcoin mining activity, but the regulations can be issued in near future. There are some news that government may launch its own cryptocurrency.

Source: https://finasko.com/question/bitcoin-mining-legal-india/
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