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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Fundamentals of a Bitcoin Lottery [closed]

I'm relatively new to Bitcoin but love the idea and will soon be accepting bitcoin in my own companies. (We provide online training/e-learning.) But, just for fun I've set up what I would like to ...
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What happens if the US govt. bans Bitcoin?

They can do that because they are the US govt. What would be the likely consequences of the ban?
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Is there a list of countries that are not likely to persecute bitcoin businesses?

It seems that at some point countries will start cracking down on Bitcoins. And Bitcoin is designed to handle that. However, are there some countries that are openly friendly to bitcoin businesses ...
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Setting up a coinbase like service in India , need suggestions

I have read and researched extensively on bitcoin, but I haven't found any service like coinbase that allows a user to buy or sell bitcoins online without having a US bank account. So how can one ...
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Documenting bitcoin cash buys

I've been trading BTC in the UK via bank transfer for a while now and may begin doing cash purchases soon. I've realised that it is critical I document the cash withdrawal as an expense so that I get ...
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Has any illegal data been saved in the Block Chain?

Has any illegal data been saved in the Block Chain, such as an illegal number, or illegal prime?
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What are the legal processes that someone would have to go through in order to get a Bitcoin exchange operational?

One of the main perceived difficulties in getting started with Bitcoin is obtaining some in the first place. Naturally, for an exchange to be accepted into the mainstream it needs to be a recognised ...
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Bitcoin charity fraud - is it illegal?

So we're all aware of services like CoinAd, but what if someone took advantage of that? Imagine if someone had a video game on facebook or something and had people fill out a CAPTCHA before they could ...
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Are there any countries which currently block or plan to block Bitcoin?

Are there any countries which currently block or plan to block Bitcoin? If anyone has enough reputation to edit this, maybe add "censorship" or maybe "freedom" as a tag because i can't.
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Anonymity through paying by bitcoin

I am considering the VPN service Privateinternetaccess. One of it's payment methods is bitcoins. As described on this page paying with bitcoins strengthens anonymity. In contradiction, this page ...
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Zero Percent Interest Nonresident Free (Online?) Euro Checking Account with Good Service for Cashing out Bitcoins?

You can cash out bitcoins the cheapest way in Euros, right? I'm from the EU but my country is not in the eurozone, so that's why I need a convenient nonresident euro account. I'm looking for the ...
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What laws apply to selling / buying bitcoins for USD in California?

Please help me identify any laws that would be potential blockers to selling and buying bitcoins in person.
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What are the consequences of donating bitcoins to WikiLeaks?

The WikiLeaks website provides a bitcoin donation address 1HB5XMLmzFVj8ALj6mfBsbifRoD4miY36v According to this article from the Sydney Morning Herald, Julian Assange of WikiLeaks has been declared an ...
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Accountability with Bitcoin transactions

In one of the comments to this question Highly Irregular pointed out an interesting legal issue that might arise with Bitcoin. Mainly, if some organisations use Bitcoin (say, Wikileaks) and are deemed ...
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Is the NotHaus conviction (Liberty Dollar) relevant as legal precedent?

Bernard von NotHaus (the creator of the Liberty Dollar) was convicted of violating a U.S. federal law that forbids the minting of a currency by anyone in the U.S. besides the federal government. ...
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Would my ISP consider my Bitcoin client to be a server?

I was reading about Google's Fiber installations, with first deployment in Kansas City. There's a controversy where the terms of service restricts what services can run on their Fiber network. Some ...
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Is there any way the Bitcoin network could resist a viral tainted-coin tagging system implemented by regulators?

Already it's possible for MtGox etc. to detect spends of coins that have certain well-known thefts in their history. If regulators forced audits on exchanges and key popular merchants, as well as ...
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What is the story behind US senators wanting to “crack down on Bitcoin” in mid-2011?

There have been two US senators, Charles Schumer and Joe Manchin, wanting to "crack down on Bitcoin" in mid-2011. How did the story start, progress and did it reach any conclusion?
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Has Apple stated its view on legality of apps using alternative electronic payment systems?

An article entitled "Why Apple is Afraid of Bitcoin" discusses Apple's interest in online payments. It also talks about the removal of 2 Bitcoin apps, Blockchain Wallet and BitPak, from the appstore. ...
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What is the story behind MtGox and their French bank?

MtGox has their French bank account closed last year, as the bank stated they aren't legally allowed to undertake the activities they were doing in regards to trading Bitcoins. There have been a few ...
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What does the FBI think about Bitcoin, in brief?

Also related: The context of FBI involvement with Bitcoin The FBI document regarding Bitcoin that was leaked in May 2012 is very long. Is there a brief summary of the most important points somewhere?
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How do I legally set up an exchange?

I'm asking about legal concerns, not technological ones. If I'm based in the USA, should the exchange be a US company? If not, where should it be based? How is banking set up?
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Bitcoin Intellectual Property Threats

Are any known threats related to Bitcoin intellectual property? (While unlikely, I guess one long shot threat is that one or more governments would ban the use of the technology.)
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What are the dangers of MtGox's trademark over Bitcoin? [closed]

If anyone trademarks bitcoin, shouldn't it be Satoshi, Gavin or one of the people who actually made it instead of some exchange site that's trying to profit from it and faces competition from other ...