Questions tagged [legal]

Legal issues relating to the use of Bitcoins or similar crypto-currencies. This includes issues of legal compliance with legal areas such as taxation, money laundering, international currency controls, and so on. Please do not ask for legal advice.

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How to turn my bitcoins into legal money

For a while now I have been mining and have now got 5 Bitcoin which I'm ecstatic about as it means once I have the money for it, I'll be £13k richer and can put a deposit down on a house. Whilst I ...
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Is buying bitcoin with paypal legal without laundering concerns?

I'm a software developer, and I want to make a website that allows users to sell bitcoin instantly for paypal cash without the hassle of an exchange - I don't even want to make a profit from it. The ...
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If I were to generate an address and it happens to collide, legally speaking, would a transfer constitute theft?

Let's say that somehow I generate a new address which happens to already be "taken". I realize the chances of address collision are extraordinarily low as per Is it possible to brute force bitcoin ...
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If someone bought an old computer and found Bitcoins in it, could they use it (legally)?

Let's say someone bought a used computers which has a copy of a bunch of Bitcoin keypairs. Is he legally allowed to transfer them? Is this case analogous to finding a pile of cash inside a used bag?
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Is it legal in Egypt to sell BTC, and is that available there?

My friend from USA is trying to send money to me but he can't do that through Moneygram or WU. So he asked if it's possible to send the money through Bitcoin. So, I'm not sure if it's going to work ...
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Is it legal to use rented dedicated servers to mine?

I've got several dedicated servers which I'm renting for about 250 Euros from a big hoster (OVH). These server are used for things like ssh/scp, SVN and Git servers (for private repositories), HTTP ...
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Bittrex toke my BTCP tokens [closed]

As some of you recall, we had the BTC ZCL fork this year. For those who had the ZCL on the Bittrex wallet, they were convert to BTCP, but Bittrex wasn´t trading, but it was allow to keep those tokens ...
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Is there a way to report/shutdown a Bitcoin Criminal/Bad-Actor?

I received a SPAM/Phishing/Blackmail email demanding payment to a specific Bitcoin wallet. BTC: 15vUqauqHybEPvXYLv97WW4XwM2YHXYC1d How can this criminal be shutdown? If legal action is ...
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How to file bitcoin income to the IRS

I want to check if there is any specific tips how to properly file income from speculation with BTC to the IRS. Also is there any specific report from the Coinbase available?
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Reject transaction because of illegal data

We already know there is illegal data on the blockchain and it will be on there for ever. That got me wondering about the potential legal implications for miners, since they are technically endorcing ...
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Did I just get defrauded by Coinbase?

I bought 10 bitcoins, 4.5, and .4 on Oct 18/19 @ around $150-160. On Oct 24, within almost the hour that the coins were supposed to arrive, I receive the following email for all 3 transactions: On ...
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Commodity vs. Currency

Some countries view Bitcoin as a commodity, some see it as a currency (and some ban it, but that's another story). I read a few articles, but in layman's terms, what are the main differences about a ...
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Does it make sense to design a mutable blockchain?

I work in a large consulting firm which is marketing a mutable blockchain solution to its clients. But I personally fail to grasp any advantage of using a blockchain design if you are discarding ...
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How would a governmental Bitcoin ban work in practice?

How does a potantial Bitcoin ban work in practice in a regime that a.) at least partially allows access to the Internet, and b.) has at least one payment system that is not closely monitored by the ...
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Best way to distribute bitcoin to heirs in a will

I see on [bitaddress][1] you can generate a split wallet. That's where multiple parties have to each submit their "share" keys to generate the combined private key. So the hard part, the math, has ...
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Can I buy cryptocurrency being on H1B Visa?

Can I Buy/Sell bitcoin/Ethereum or get involved extensively in cryptocurrency? If so how much capital can I invest? I am currently on H1B Visa and wanted to get some insight on this. Thanks!
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Accepting Bitcoin for Services Rendered with Legal Verbiage on Set Coin Price

I accept Bitcoin and Ethereum for consulting work, but would like some feedback for Service Type Agreements that span upwards of a 1-year in an enterprise setting. What's the best method for ...
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Technological contractor for an ICO legal advise

I was recently offered to hire my services to create and maintain a cryptocurrency. My responsibilities would be to create a website and issue the tokens While I think the project as some merit, I am ...
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Might AML regulations have to be applied to unofficial currencies sites in EU?

Is there any AML regulation in EU countries which might have to be applied to unofficial currencies, such as Bitcoins? I guess usually they only apply to state-backed currencies, but since Bitcoins ...
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When should an individual or business file a SAR with FinCen?

In the United States, both Individuals and Businesses are required to file a Suspicious Activity Report (SAR) with FinCen when: Individuals who transport more than $10,000 into or out of the United ...
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Is the BTC-e shutdown legal?

The FinCen, dependent of the Deparment of Treasury shut down the BTC-e exchange and prosecuted for: Violation of anti-money laundering (AML) laws; Acts of money laundering such as the MtGox scandal ...
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Exchange-based vs over-the-counter (OTC)

I read an article about China ban on exchange, which mentions that ... the ban on exchange-based cryptocurrency trades will not extend to over-the-counter (OTC) transactions. I am confused over ...
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Blockchain and user rights to ask for personal data removal

Some countries (France with the CNIL, and more generally European - but probably many other - countries) have laws that give the right to users of online services to ask for permanent unsubscription / ...
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Is it acceptable / encouraged to ask for ID and keep a photocopy for OTC Bitcoin transactions?

Suppose a business wants to get into the OTC Bitcoin business. It will need to comply with AML laws. It is acceptable / encouraged for such a business to ask for photo ID and keep a photocopy? Does ...
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Does this FinCEN Document mean the Bitcoin Network is a bank?

Read this document and see if you think they are talking about Bitcoin. Here's an excerpt.. Any individual or group of people engaged in conducting, controlling, directing or owning an informal ...
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Are there any legal implications when using localbitcoins.com?

You can get BitCoins for under 100 bucks via CoinBase and there are people on LocalBitCoins who are advertising offers to buy BitCoin for over 100 bucks. The spread is around $10; so I was ...
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How come a company partners with Bitcoin?

I was checking out the Bitcoin website, and I've noticed something that I can't stomach : The Bitcoin network is growing at an impressive rate and Bitcoin.com is forming new and lasting ...
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Legal issues / banking issues selling Bitcoins to people OTC?

I'm wondering what the practical / legal limits are on selling Bitcoin as an individual using Craigslist and LocalBitcoins. Will I run into legal issues / frozen bank accounts as I scale this? Right ...
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Do I need to pay taxes if I sit on (do not use) bitcoins?

I've done some reading on the IRS bitcoin guidelines and I'm a bit confused how the capital gains taxes works. If I buy some bitcoins in Jan, the value of the bitcoins double by the of the year but I ...
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What is the source of bitcoin value?

From what I understood, the economic intrinsic value of Bitcoin as a currency is based on the "CPU-work" required to produce them. That is what makes Bitcoin rare enough to qualify as a currency. Is ...
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Why is it so difficult to track & recover stolen Bitcoins?

I have to admit I don't fully understand the Bitcoin protocol. But from what I do understand, transactions are traceable -- it is the main reason decentralization works: the world can watch and ...
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Does Bitcoin have a legal expert/team that does their work? [closed]

Does Bitcoin have a legal expert/team that does their work? (yes, they - a group of interested individuals (the Bitcoin team) even though they have no formal association - are a decentralized network ...
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I paid in bitcoin, now I'm owed a refund. Can I demand it in bitcoin too?

This is, I suppose, a legal question so I should point out that I'm most interested in US and European law. I made a payment to a company for a product more than a year ago in bitcoin. The amount ...
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How do exchanges like ShapeShift, Changelly or Evercoin cope with KYC/AML regulation?

They don't require any information about their users. Most of the exchanges require user identification: so even though exchanges like ShapeShift might have corporate account on the large exchanges ...
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What is the current legal status of Bitcoin around the world?

Has there been any concrete information about the legality of Bitcoin in any country? Since any information can be injected into the blockchain, then if child porn / copyrighted material is injected ...
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Is it legal to start a Litecoin mining pool in the US?

My question is this: Given all the regulations in the USA, is it legal for me to start my own litecoin mining pool here in the US?
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Can Bitcoin be “shutdown” if energy consumption for mining is heavily regulated?

Can Bitcoin be "shutdown" or heavily hampered if energy consumption for mining is heavily regulated? Can transactions still be processed if mining for new coins is hampered? I am thinking it would be ...
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What legal items should I know about if I am piggy-backing off of another bitcoin exchange?

I am thinking of starting a crypto exchange in the US, and I am piggybacking off of AlphaPoint's exchange for liquidity's sake. What legal documents should I be aware of if I am piggy-backing? FinCEN ...
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Do cryptocurrency exchange sites work and operate like a regular bank?

I have come across cryptocurrency exchange sites (for example, coinbase, bittrex, etc) and I was wondering if they operate like banks. What are the (usual) legal requirements in order for a site to ...
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Is PAN or ID card verification necessary to buy Bitcoin in India?

There are many Bitcoin exchanges in India but all of them require PAN or others documents to validate identity. However, the Central Bank of India i.e. RBI has not given Bitcoin the status of a valid ...
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Is performing a 51% attack / double spend on Bitcoin illegal?

Suppose I had an ultra large ASIC from the future, and could perform a double spend on the core Bitcoin network. At this point in Bitcoin's development, it is no longer a game - there's real money ...
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Pump & Dump communities. Are they legal?

There are several communities that allow anybody take part in their "movements". They say, for example, that at 7pm GMT they will announce an altcoin name and people would rapidly buy this coin on a ...
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Do bitcoins count as income in the UK?

I am interested in mining bitcoin here in the UK. I have done a quick search and cannot find anything relevant. If I were to use a cloud mining service to mine bitcoin, would it be counted as income ...
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Are Bitcoin in Thailand illegal?

I have read conflicting reports on whether Thailand declared Bitcoin illegal or not. What has happened and how did it affect Bitcoin commerce in Thailand? To what degree are there restrictions? I.e. ...
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Legally shuttering miners and full nodes by adding illegal information to blockchain [duplicate]

In many jurisdictions possession or distribution of certain information or content is illegal. Illegal primes, classified information, magnet links to copyrighted torrents, hate speech, outlawed ...
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Would it be possible to patent Bitcoin?

Bitcoin utilizes a proof-of-work mechanism to assure against double-spending, as well as providing an example opensource implementation. However, some countries allow software patents, which could ...
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Is it legal to buy concurrency in USA [closed]

I would like to seek for your help since I would like to have confident answers on the following questions: (please include links for official websites) Is it legal to buy & hold currencies (such ...
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Do you have to pay taxes on Bitcoin revenues? [closed]

Disclaimer: this is not legal advice, and this varies from country to country. If you accept bitcoins as payment, do you have to pay taxes on that? And would you have to write an invoice? Since they ...
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Are there any laws that govern the use of crypto currencies in the international law?

I want to start up a Bitcoin exchange in Kampala Uganda but I want to first know what the law says on crypto currencies.
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Can my internet provider see I'm using bitcoin core (Russia)

I live in Russia and bitcoin is prohibited here. Can my internet provider see I'm using bitcoin so I will have problems? UPD: Right now I'm still syncing bitcoin core. Is syncing as dangerous as ...