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In November, 2018, Ohio announced that it will allow businesses to pay state taxes in Bitcoin. The state Treasurer’s office will not actually collect Bitcoin; instead, taxpayers will send their Bitcoin to a private third party processor who will in turn send cash to the Treasurer’s office on the taxpayers’ behalf. There is […]

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In June, the head of the Division of Corporation Finance at the SEC, William Hinman, opined that Bitcoin was not a security, “but that many, but not all, ICOs are securities and will come under the regulatory control of the SEC and relevant securities laws.” He went on to say that the […]

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What Tax Season Means for Your Booming Bitcoin Portfolio

On January 31, 2018 By

April 17th is fast approaching, and people are in high gear to determine what they owe the government or what the government owes them in return. But what does tax season mean for all of those folks who have luckily, or maybe unluckily, invested in Bitcoin? Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies have firmly supplanted themselves in […]

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The technology underlying bitcoin and many other cryptocurrencies—the blockchain—can be useful for any activity needing transaction verification or a trusted repository of information. Blockchain technology is particularly advantageous as it allows unfamiliar parties to interact with each other quickly and securely without high legal and transactional costs or the need to trust a central […]

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Prior to 2013, Silk Road was a popular online marketplace founded by Ross Ulbricht, known at the time as Dread Pirate Roberts. Rooted in anonymity and truly free exchange, law enforcement authorities targeted the site for facilitating an alleged trade in illegal drugs. After being raided by the FBI and other agencies in 2013, those agencies […]

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Augur’s core developer, Joey Krug, said he joined the project because Augur could disrupt fields “ripe for disrupting.” He listed corporate governance, governments, healthcare, and the financial industry. So what is Augur and how is it poised to disrupt areas that intersect with the law?

Augur is a decentralized prediction market that anyone […]

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Crime, Money Laundering, and Bitcoin?

On June 15, 2015 By

Follow the money trail in an investigation of the crime, and more often than not you will solve the crime. Money is one of the biggest motivators of crime. From drug cartels to human trafficking, money is the primary incentive for a criminal enterprise to engage in crime. It has been estimated that 1.6 […]

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Silk Road Recap

On March 10, 2015 By

One month out, commentators are still digesting the conviction of Silk Road creator Ross Ulbricht. The case raises questions about the government’s investigations tactics, the lawyers’ trial strategies, and the broader implications for privacy, the internet, and the public.

As the JETLaw Blog previously reported, the Silk Road was intended to be a decentralized […]

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Councilman Mark Levine (D-Manhattan) is introducing a bill that would allow New York City to accept the digital currency Bitcoin as payment for fines and fees, including parking tickets and court fees.

Levine expressed several justifications for the bill, citing its popularity among young, tech-savvy individuals. “Today you can buy almost anything […]

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Microsoft recently announced that it would allow its digital content to be purchased with bitcoins. The change is limited in that it only opens Microsoft’s Windows, Windows Phone, and Xbox platforms to the new payment method, there is a daily exchange cap, and only US-based customers can make bitcoin payments. This means that Microsoft […]

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