Category: Legal

The legal future of NFTs: A conversation with lawyer Mercedes Turnstall

Quick Take While non-fungible tokens (NFTs) have become popular in the crypto space and are being experimented with by mainstream brands and digital artists, the hype around them is starting to show signs of a slowdown. The legal repercussions of these digital collectibles remain open to debate, particularly when it comes to their regulation and […]

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COPA files lawsuit in UK against Craig Wright for claiming copyright ownership of Bitcoin white paper

A crypto industry working group committed to patent sharing is asking the United Kingdom High Court to rule that Craig Wright does not own the Bitcoin white paper. The civil suit from the Crypto Open Patent Alliance (COPA) challenges claims Wright has continuously made in recent years that he is Satoshi Nakamoto, the pseudonymous creator […]

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Class action lawsuit filed against crypto wallet firm Ledger, Shopify over 2020 customer data breach

Ledger and Shopify, which handles the online sales of Ledger’s wallets, have been hit with a class action over last year’s data breach. Ledger produces some of the most popular cold wallets on the market. The summer of 2020 saw news spread of phishing attacks against Ledger users, with the firm ultimately disclosing that it […]

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Bitcoin’s ‘Kimchi premium’ slips as South Korean officials pledge action on illegal crypto market activities

South Korea’s government has pledged to focus on illegal activities in crypto markets.  The South Korean Financial Services Commission, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Justice, among other regulators, met on April 7 to discuss virtual asset trading. In their announcement following the meeting, the authorities wrote: “We will strictly crack down on illegal activities related […]

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IRS wants customer records from Kraken — but a judge says it must narrow the request

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is seeking customer records from another crypto exchange. After getting the green light to serve Circle a so-called John Doe summons yesterday, the Department of Justice has filed for the tax regulator to issue the same request to Kraken. The Department of Justice’s Tax Division filed the petition with the […]

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UK financial watchdog adds bitcoin ATMs to unregistered crypto business list as part of AML push

A leader at the United Kingdom’s Financial Conduct Authority spotlighted the country’s recent anti-money laundering work (AML) in a recent speech. In a speech delivered on March 24 but publicized on April 1, Mark Steward cited cryptocurrency as a key emerging risk to AML controls. Steward heads the FCA’s Enforcement and Market Oversight division. In […]

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Operator of darknet news site DeepDotWeb pleads guilty to money laundering

The US Department of Justice announced today that Tal Prihar, who ran DeepDotWeb, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit money laundering. According to the DOJ’s charges, Prihar used the news site DeepDotWeb to run ads directing readers to various darknet marketplaces. They say Prihar made approximately 8,155 Bitcoin on kickbacks for such ads, based on […]

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