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June 30, 2013, 08:03:42 AM
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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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July 01, 2013, 12:04:51 AM
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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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July 01, 2013, 12:06:01 AM
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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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July 01, 2013, 12:09:29 AM
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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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July 01, 2013, 06:37:22 AM
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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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July 06, 2013, 08:56:54 AM
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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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The bitcoins earned would be added to the ESEA League's prize pot "so at the very least your melted [GPUs] contributed to a good cause."
- http://www.polygon.com/2013/5/1/4290022/esea-league-code-used-idle-users-pcs-to-mine-bitcoins-co-owner

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July 23, 2013, 05:40:08 PM
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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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July 31, 2013, 10:01:18 PM
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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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August 07, 2013, 07:02:45 PM
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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
 - http://bit.ly/19O1qob <-- Browser friendly (PDF Viewer)


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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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August 12, 2013, 04:20:13 PM
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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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August 15, 2013, 04:50:15 PM
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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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August 17, 2013, 06:28:13 AM
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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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August 19, 2013, 12:45:44 AM
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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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http://rt.com/news/bitcoin-exchange-berlin-currency-941/
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August 20, 2013, 04:35:29 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.

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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August 23, 2013, 02:15:24 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.

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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August 24, 2013, 07:49:22 PM
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Thats how much now? 5kk+? Nicely sunk.
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August 25, 2013, 10:22:40 PM
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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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Each of the defendants named below has failed to plead or defend herein

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September 05, 2013, 01:53:43 AM
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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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September 12, 2013, 08:24:22 PM
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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.

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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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