Edition No. 1
They say a news week in crypto is equal to 6 months in any other industry. Here's what happened from 5/01/22 - 5/08/22.
Welcome to the inaugural edition of Around the Blockchain, a weekly letter dedicated to keeping readers up to date on the fast-paced world of Crypto & Law by airdropping current stories and projects directly to your browser.
On the Docket
Five things you might have missed last week
The Butterfly Effect
Following El Salvador’s move to adopt Bitcoin as legal tender, the Central African Republic has now opted to do the same, becoming the first African nation to do so.
Countries such as Brazil, Panama, and Cuba have also taken steps toward recognizing and regulating cryptocurrency, invoking both excitement and criticism from the international community.
Deputize the Posse
In a press release from May 3, the SEC announced an additional 20 positions in their Crypto Assets and Cyber Unit, bringing the total to 50 positions, up from 30.
Put it in Writing
On May 4, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed an executive order aimed at exploring blockchain opportunities and regulatory considerations for the State. The press release states the order is intended to "create a pipeline of talent for the emerging industry and utilize the technology for the public good."
4. Craig Wright Accuses Coinbase, Kraken of 'Passing Off' Fake Bitcoin in Lawsuit Worth Hundreds of Billions of Pounds
A Tale of Two Coins
Dr. Craig Wright, author of the 2008 Bitcoin white paper, has brought forth claims alleging that exchanges Coinbase and Kraken have been wrongfully passing off BTC as Bitcoin. Wright claims that BTC and other later iterations of "bitcoin" do not conform to the standards originally outlined in the white paper, and consequently cannot be marketed or sold as Bitcoin.
“This is about protecting the consumer from fraud and deception. Consumers are being misled daily into thinking that BTC is Bitcoin as I outlined in the Bitcoin Whitepaper. BTC is not Bitcoin."
Old Dogs, New Tricks
Goldman Sachs continues to embrace modernity despite being one of the nation’s oldest investment banking ventures (founded in 1869). Last Thursday, the elder statesman of American Finance offered its first ever Bitcoin-Backed Loan.
Goldman Sachs has also stated their optimism on the functionality and utility of digitalism, with analyst Eric Sheridan of “Exchanges at Goldman Sachs” noting:
“We think this could be as much as an $8 trillion dollar opportunity on the revenue and monetization side.”
Who says old dogs can’t learn new tricks?
The Public Ledger
Web3 regulatory and legal news from around the world
General News and Opinion
U.S. - Federal
U.S. - State Law
Podcasts & Videos
The brightest voices & sharpest takes
Motion To Compel
Highlighting some of the burning questions and persuasive arguments for your consideration this week
Was the Yuga Labs Otherdeeds NFT Mint an unregistered security?
The top tweets about crypto and law this week
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Quote of the Week:
“The end of law is not to abolish or restrain, but to preserve and enlarge freedom. For in all the states of created beings capable of law, where there is no law, there is no freedom.” - John Locke
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