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Bitcoin Legal issues and Risk

This is a small collection of 12 learning resources about legal issues around bitcoin, the blockchain, and cryptocurrencies


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Article reuters.com

More than 10 percent of $3.7 billion raised in ICOs has been stolen: Ernst & Young | Reuters - U.S.


More than 10 percent of funds raised through "initial coin offerings" are lost or stolen in hacker attacks, according to new research by Ernst & Young that delves into the risks...

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Article motherboard.vice.com

Coinbase Ordered to Turn Over Identities of 14,355 Cryptocurrency Traders to the IRS - Motherboard (2017)


The exchange lost a legal battle and now Bitcoin’s tax problem is coming to a head.

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Article tokenschedule.com

IRS Cracks Down on Coinbase Users -


2017: "With the quickly growing cryptocurrency industry, the IRS is demanding to see the records of thousands of Coinbase users. Cryptocurrency has come a long way since its f...

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Do Bitcoin Markets have a Conversion Tort Problem? - Mechanical Markets (2017)


In many jurisdictions, a buyer of stolen goods does not acquire their legal title. This principle, “nemo dat”, often applies regardless of whether the buyer knows the goods were...

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Article techcrunch.com

European financial watchdog latest to warn over ICOs - TechCrunch


TechCrunch, 2017: “European Union financial regulator, the ESMA, has become the latest regulatory body to issue a warning about the risks of buying into -- and running -- ICOs.

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Article wired.co.uk

A rare painting is stolen… then it appears for sale on the dark web | WIRED UK - WIRED UK


The Gottfried Lindauer paintings were stolen from an art gallery in New Zealand in April. You can now buy one on the dark web for £500,000. But is it real? The painting has b...

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Article nytimes.com

Initial Coin Offerings Horrify a Former S.E.C. Regulator - The New York Times


Joseph Grundfest, now a law professor, called funding efforts using virtual currency the most “notorious violation of federal securities laws since the Code of Hammurabi.”

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Article businessinsider.com

How traders 'pump and dump' cryptocurrencies - Business Insider - Business Insider


Take a look at the channels used to coordinate "pump and dump" schemes, which artificially inflate the price of cryptocurrencies.

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Article techcrunch.com

SEC shuts down Munchee ICO | TechCrunch - TechCrunch


In what should be an interesting beginning to the coming avalanche of ICO failures, the SEC has come down hard on Munchee, a company that built a $15 million..

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Article mashable.com

Security flaw freezes more than $150 million worth of Ethereum | Mashable - Mashable


This is not good. "A bug in Parity, a popular wallet for the cryptocurrency and decentralized application platform Ethereum, may have resulted in more than $150 million worth...

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Article bloomberg.com

BitConnect Closes Exchange as States Warn of Unregulated Sales - Bloomberg - Bloomberg.com


BitConnect said it’s closing the company’s cryptocurrency exchange and lending operation after receiving two cease-and-desist letters from state authorities for the unauthorized...

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Article engadget.com

US regulators charge three bitcoin operators with fraud (Jan 2018) - Engadget


Today the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission announced that it has filed a federal civil enforcement action against three virtual currency operators. The d...

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Article reuters.com

Tokyo-based cryptocurrency exchange hacked, losing $530 million: NHK | Reuters - U.S.


Coincheck, a major cryptocurrency trading exchange in Tokyo, has been hacked into and has lost about 58 billion yen ($534 million) worth of virtual money, national broadcaster N...

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