Coin Center Calls for Congress to Give U.S. Taxpayers Safe Harbor on Bitcoin Hard Forks

Cryptocurrency industry non-profit research and advocacy organization Coin Center is calling for Congress to enact legislation that will provide bitcoin investors with safe harbor on federal taxes incurred as the result of software forks. Writing in a post published on the Washington, D.C.-based organization’s blog, executive director Jerry Brito argued that cryptocurrency investors who have

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South Korea Lawmakers Discuss ICO, Cryptos During Extraordinary Session: Report

South Korea has commenced an extraordinary session in the National Assembly to discuss regulation and measures to promote the cryptocurrency industry alongside ICO guidelines to eventually overturn the ongoing ban. According to a Business Korea report on Monday, the short session – extraordinary sessions cannot exceed 30 days – in South Korea’s National Assembly will

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Congressman Invites Cryptocurrency Industry to ICO Summit to Discuss ‘Light-Touch’ Regulation

A U.S. Congressman has invited 32 cryptocurrency industry organizations to Capitol Hill to discuss initial coin offering (ICO) regulation. Axios reports that the summit, sponsored by Rep. Warren Davidson (R-OH), will take place on Sept. 25 and feature participation from a variety of businesses and non-profits, including Intercontinental Exchange (ICE), Nasdaq, CME Group, Andreessen Horowitz,

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U.S. Cryptocurrency Exchanges Set to Meet in September to Discuss Self-Regulation

A working group led by cryptocurrency exchange Gemini will hold its first meeting in September to discuss forming a self-regulatory organization (SRO) to oversee the burgeoning U.S. crypto trading market. Announced on Monday, the Virtual Commodity Association (VCA) initially includes participation from four cryptocurrency exchanges that serve U.S. customers: Gemini, Bitstamp, Bittrex, and bitFlyer USA.

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Korea’s Crypto Industry Condemns Exclusion Plan from Venture Firms List

Crypto exchanges and blockchain startups in South Korea are protesting against a recent legislative proposal by the government to exclude the industry from recognized venture businesses. In a proposal outlined by South Korea’s Ministry of SMEs and Startups this week, the government body revealed its intention to exclude the blockchain industry, including cryptocurrency exchanges, from

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Malta Regulator Issues Virtual Assets Rulebook – Reaction from Stakeholders Muted or Negative

The Malta Financial Services Authority (MFSA) has now published a Virtual Financial Assets (VFA) Rulebook specifically pertaining to the regulation of Issuers of VFAs under the Virtual Financial Assets Act (VFAA). However, it seems that the publication of this rulebook has not got down very well with financial services providers who spoke to CCN. Some

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SEC Smacks ICO Fraudster with $30,000 Fine, Lifetime Trading Ban

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has issued an officer and director bar, a penny stock bar, and a penalty of $30,000 to a fraudulent ICO founder today. According to the official press release, David T. Laurance was previously found guilty for taking part in deceitful security offerings. Laurance’s LinkedIn profile shows that he is the president

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CBOE President Cautiously Hopeful on Bitcoin ETF Prospects Despite SEC Action

CBOE Global Markets Inc. could well become the first company to win approval for a bitcoin ETF, but whether that coveted accomplishment materializes remains to be seen. For his part, Chris Concannon, CBOE’s president and CEO, said that he is optimistic that the Securities and Exchange Commission will grant his wish, but he recognizes that

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Jeju Island Aims to Become an ICO-Friendly Blockchain Hub Inspite of South Korea Ban

South Korea’s Jeju island is proposing a plan to become a blockchain haven wherein initial coin offerings (ICOs) would be allowed in the autonomous province despite the ongoing ban in the mainland. According to a report by the JoongAng Daily on Monday, the governor of Jeju Island has formally proposed that the central government of

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Saudi Arabia: Bitcoin Trading is ‘Illegal in the Kingdom’

A standing committee comprised of various governmental ministries and the central bank of Saudi Arabia has warned that trading of ‘unauthorized’ cryptocurrencies like bitcoin is illegal in the country. In a statement published by the Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority (SAMA) – the sovereign Arab state’s deface central bank – on Sunday, a governmental committee declared

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