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BitCoin and the Law - System and Legal Issues

Keeping up with the developments in BitCoin has been like chasing a run-away freight train.  The Russian government’s decision to outlaw them, the indictment of two BitCoin traders in Florida, and the recent shutdown of three of the biggest exchanges due to a problem with “transaction malleability” mean that this electronic payment system has generated many legal developments in a short time.  Just this week, a major exchange website for BitCoin went offline.

Colin Glassey, former software engineer and BitCoin agnostic explains what BitCoin is, where it came from, and some future directions.  BitCoins are the most prominent  of a new set of software objects called cyrptocurrencies which exist despite the lack of a controlling issuer.  Invented in 2008, they have attracted a good deal of attention, both positive and negative.  There are many issues with BitCoins, ranging from “are they legal” to “are they useful.”

About the speaker: Colin Glassey recently graduated from Santa Clara Law with a focus on intellectual property law.  He was Articles Editor for the Computer & High Tech Law Journal.  He is currently working as an associate at Hopkins & Carley in their IP litigation group.  Prior to law school Colin was a software engineer for a number of Silicon valley companies, including Borland, where he helped write Quattro Pro for Windows, Vendavo, Netcom Online, and TRW Financial Systems, where he worked on lockbox systems for banks.  He is the named inventor of one patent owned by Borland.  Colin is an amateur historian with a focus on Chinese and European history.  Colin is a fan of Vernor Vinge, Neal Stephenson, and David Brin.  Colin owns less than 0.1 BitCoins thanks to membership in an ineffective mining pool.  He also owns some “DogeCoins” which are currently worth very little.

We welcome your participation live at Cooke Kobrick & Wu LLP, 166 Main Street, Los Altos, CA 94022.  Please indicate on the RSVP if you are coming in person.

For those not attending live at my office, in order to see the slides and receive a dial-in number, click on: https://www.anymeeting.com/494-957-674

Once you click on the link, input your name and email, and please choose the telephone option, the service will provide you a dial-in number, code, and audio PIN.

The dial-in link will be live at 9:30 am Pacific/12:30 pm Eastern, but the program starts at 10 am/1 pm.

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  • Stephen W.

    Program materials can be downloaded here: https://app.box.com/s/awj23t8olgfy6kqzjqql

    March 25, 2014

  • Stephen W.

    Here is the dial-in information. For those not attending live at my office, in order to see the slides and receive a dial-in number, click on: https://www.anymeeting.com/494-957-674

    Once you click on the link, input your name and email, and please choose the telephone option, the service will provide you a dial-in number, code, and audio PIN.

    The dial-in link will be live at 9:30 am Pacific/12:30 pm Eastern, but the program starts at 10 am/1 pm.

    March 25, 2014

  • Michael A.

    With the recent imbroglio over the status of BitCoin "negotiants" the issue of the legal posture of these "assets" has been put in play, both under international frameworks, national treasury policies and contract and banking statutes of individual jurisdictions. I have spent the past 2 years as an ABA observer of the ULC Drafting Committee on Fiduciary Access to Decedents' Online Assets, where there is a debate between banks, On-line providers and the T&E community over (1) what is an on-line asset ? (2) Is Bit coin an asset or "something else" ? (3) if not an asset, WHAT is it ? (4)can we develop a general rule that all parties to the debate will be comfortable with ?

    March 24, 2014

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