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After a series of ups and downs, bitcoin’s price went to its top. However, it plunged to less than half of that value later. The unexpected changes are now compared to the dot-com bubble and are highlighting the speculative nature of investing in cryptocurrency.

The price of bitcoin fell below $10,000 for the first, on December 1. At one point, it fell below $9,300 on one exchange. The price later rose back to almost $12,000, however, the investors and economists are still not sure how long the price will stay there. It is also said that the recent skim was due to the fear of crackdowns in the cryptocurrency markets.

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South Korea has suggested a ban on the trading of cryptocurrency, although no plans are settled yet. Also, same news has been reported about China.

Bitcoin is a decentralized digital currency, as it is the largest and well-popular digital currency, that is globally bought and sold in exchanges.

According to Timothy Lee (senior reporter at Ars Technica), it is not based on dollars. The value of bitcoin floats against other cryptocurrencies, in the same way the euro and dollar glide against each other. Users say that bitcoin has got a very effective system for authenticating transactions, as it is based on a revolutionary technology.

Bitcoin users also point out that the currency is not tied to government’s whims and according to them, it’s a good thing. Recently the price dropped, and that may not be a good thing for those investors who are trying to figure out what crash actually means for the cryptocurrency’s future.

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Recently many cryptocurrencies have shown the same swipes. According to David Kotok (Cumberland Advisors chairman and chief investment officer), almost 20 years ago, the technology and the new internet stocks accomplished valuation of $7 trillion, just because of speculation. The prices of shares used to be very high and after they collapsed, investors got badly miffed. And apparently, the same thing is going to happen with these cryptocurrencies.

Same rise and fall in the price of bitcoin was seen by the investors in December.  After China announced that it was banning all the banks that were trading cryptocurrencies, bitcoin fell by 40 percent just within days after hitting a record price of almost $1,150.

There’ve been dramatic ups and downs in cryptocurrency’s price last year. Bitcoin had the value around $900 at the beginning of 2017, however, its value got tripled within few months. According to Kotok, cryptocurrencies are highly speculative and investing money in cryptocurrencies is a speculative thing to do.  There’s a chance that you may make a profit, but Kotok has seen many people who invested their money into bitcoin and now they’re having loads of trouble in getting their cash back when they try to sell it.

According to some analysts, the cryptocurrency is trying to find an impermanent price floor, but according to a CNBC report, Citigroup analysts think that the price of bitcoin would plunge again to half of its current value. According to Ars Technica’s Lee, it’s still going to be unpredictable. She thinks it’ll go more up and then it’ll crash again. So, no one knows how far down it’ll decline.

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Alibaba sues “Alibabacoin” For Trademark Violation

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Recently the well known Chinese e-commerce platform Alibaba has sued a Dubai-based ICO for copyright infringement. The dubai ico was functioning by the name of Alibabacoin Foundation and had initially raised $3.5 mln qaccording a Reuters report. The firm was involved in continuous misleading behavior related to Alibaba’s company name. Alibaba clarified that there was no relationship between them and the Alibabacoin Foundation. Furthermore Alibaba also made clear that it had no future intentions to enter the cryptocurrency business.

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It was being reported that the Alibabacoin Foundation was aiming to create its own  e-commerce platform by making use of cryptocurrency Alibabacoin which was also generated by the foundation. It introduced itself as a digitally optimized firm which was going to use blockchain technology for various departments such as finance, shopping, security and marketing etc. The firm succeed in generating a handsome amount until it was declared as an ico fraud and a lawsuit was filed against it by Alibaba whose trade name was unlawfully being used by it.

Clarification by Alibaba

Though it was made clear by Alibaba that they had no intention of entering the cryptocurrency business but it should be remembered that it is not the first time that Alibaba has been a part of such rumors regarding its involvement in the crypto industry. It had to eliminate rumours early this year regarding its venture into the cryptocurrency mining industry with the help of its newly developed P2P platform. Alongwith dispelling that rumour the company also announced that Alibaba Cloud had never issued a single fraction of any digital currency from its platform neither it had any intentions to do so in the future.

 

According to a report published last year CEO of Alibaba Jack Ma exclaimed that he had no interest in bitcoin but blockchain technology, which he described as a powerful tool of future technology.

Aftermaths of the Law Suit

After initial hearing the judge issued a short term restrain order against the Alibabacoin Foundation, the lawsuit also circles threefold damages for violations of US and New York law. Further development in the case will be reported after the show cause hearing which will take place on April 11, 2018.

 

However the Alibabacoin Foundation did not pass any comment in this regard. Also, despite the orders issued by the court the company has showed no intentions to roll back its initial coin offering or other related activities.

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Will Bitcoin Become World’s ‘Single Currency’?

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Due to a number of reasons cryptocurrencies are becoming intensely popular form of internet money. The main reason for that can be no other than the fact that unlike conventional currency cryptocurrencies are safe, anonymous and completely decentralized. Moreover, their flow totally depends upon the market demand. Due to the Blockchain technology and the so much complicated code system, it is also impossible to counterfeit them.

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Views of Twitter CEO about the Future of Bitcoin

In an interview with The Times, Jack Dorsey, the CEO Twitter presented his views that there are chances that Bitcoin will become world’s single currency in the future. When asked for the time frame, Dorsey said that it may take further ten years. He further exclaimed that no matter how much time may take, but a day will come when the world will ultimately have a single currency, and the name of that currency will probably be Bitcoin according to him.

Role of ‘Square’ in Promoting Bitcoin

Jack Dorsey is also the CEO of world famous payment service Square, with this regard he has a keen eye for online transactions and the internet money flowing from one place to another. Jack Dorsey is personally very much interested in the rise of Bitcoin. According to one of his previous statements, his company Square will try its best to focus on options to interact with Bitcoin via their Cash App. Jack Dorsey believes that it will become a “transformation technology” for the internet technology.

Level of Jack Dorsey’s Trust in Bitcoin

Being a personal investor of Bitcoin, Dorsey believes that time will soon come when cryptocurrency especially fractions of Bitcoin would be used for buying simple things like coffee and other everyday purchase. Not only Bitcoin, Dorsey has also invested in ‘’Lightning Labs’’, which is working hard day and night to make the use of bitcoin much more faster and easier. Last week, Lightning Labs, released its first Bitcoin ready LN implementation. Due to this implementation free and frequent Bitcoin transaction has come closer to reality.

When asked about the scaling issues faced by Bitcoin right now, making it “slow and costly,” Dorsey answered that though it is a fact right now but with the passage of time new solutions will resolve that problem too. He further explained that when more and more people would have an easy access to Bitcoin, things would start to improve gradually.

The acceptance of Bitcoin by companies like Square, has probably led to future investment opportunities in it, further fueling its journey to become a single currency worldwide.

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Digital currency under regulatory scrutiny- SEC

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After being spooked by the massive digital tokens crackdown, cryptocurrencies got another pushback by the feds recently. The Securities and Exchange Commission in the U.S has decided to gun down all the cryptocurrencies, especially Ethereum under regulatory scrutiny to whether consider it as security or commodity. After a remarked high range in digital currency world, this bull to bearish reversal is the result of investor anxiety gushes over the squabble between Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC).

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The second most popular digital currency after Bitcoin in the charts, Ethereum is considered under the category of security will have hard consequences. Not only for Ethereum cryptocurrency, but all digital currencies crowdfunded through ICOs, that is Initial Coin Offerings.

Coming under increased regulatory scrutiny by the U.S government, all these cryptocurrencies are viewed as securities due to their speculative nature all around. Regulators have already declared bitcoin as security. But undermining the liquidity of this second popular cryptocurrency can prove out to be disastrous for it and also the cryptocurrency economy. Though the basic mechanism working behind these two digital currencies is not merely same, but they contribute majorly to the cryptocurrency world.

Initial coin offering

Until the mid-2017, selling transaction of these tokens was not much of an exhausting task. A team would emerge through these blockchains and present their purpose of tokens in a ‘white paper’. They would then arrange an Initial Coin Offering Service, ICOs where they would offer coins to nearly anyone who would exchange them for cash or Bitcoins.

The main idea or theory behind this ICO was to fund and support the construction of that newly emerging online service. But later in a few cases, these ICOs were proved to be scams. Absconding of these organizers created an upthrust, where SEC fired a warning claiming that tokens sold in ICO may be considered as securities and their declaration will be mandatory. SEC values Ethereum similar to any public Company who strives every act to value their stock.

Now the developers are concerned that due to the fact that Ethereum ICOs investors bought the tokens in hope that their value will increase in the near future, it could be classed as security. But the plethora of issues is not that straight and easy here.

Ethereum co-founder denies

The whole dilemma was observed and addressed by the co-founder of Ethereum, Joseph Lubin in a conference. He says that the scrutiny doesn’t upset him. According to him and the developers, this does not meet the requirements of security and doesn’t have to be regulated, therefore. There were no concerns about the potential issues about the cryptocurrency. he further said, he never considered and identified the system as security ever.

The Howey Test

A case resided between the SEC and WJ Howey Co in 1946. In this case, the foundation to determine the event to be a commodity or a security was set. It is now known as the Howey Test.

In simpler terms, Howey Co. sold a part of their citrus farm to some investors. Their idea behind it was to gain profits from the operations performed on the farm. It was considered as a securities contract by the judge explaining that the scheme focuses on the idea to obtain profits from the efforts and labor of others.

Basically, in simpler terms, this test helps to determine if a transaction or profit is obtained solely by the hard work and labor of one party and not by the other party, combined in an agreement. This Howey Test has been greatly talked and argued about in the regard of these cryptocurrencies and ICO. As the basic phenomena in Ethereum ICOs reside the same. The investor expects profits primarily from others hard work and efforts.

Securities classification arguments

According to wall street journals, the future of the cryptocurrencies is under debate, whether it would be identified as security or not. Commodities and securities under which the legislation falls are regulated by different authority bodies. They are regulated and operated in different markets and agencies. These differences will greatly affect the investors, sellers, and buyers in the cryptocurrency market.

Despite all the fuss and controversy about the issue, a lot of experts are very positive and hopeful about the future and growth of Ethereum cryptocurrencies. Many have come up suggesting that Ethereum and such cryptocurrencies may be considered as unregistered securities after a continues refusal by the founders of them being never entertained as security. The growing market capitalization of Ethereum cryptocurrency has shown that this is not going anywhere this soon!

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Can Bitcoin become a Legal property?

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More and more people join the Bitcoin community every day. Thus, the drive to determine how it can integrate into mainstream society becomes even more essential. The questions that strike to everyone is whether any traditional laws apply to Bitcoin or not.

Although these determinations might bring implications to its holders and Bitcoin itself, and few will play a bigger role in the United States than property laws, which could ultimately govern ownership over the digital currency.

A new white paperTreatment of Bitcoin Under U.S Property Law, assembled by Perkins Coie. The report seeks to analyze how the worlds of virtual currency and property law intersect. Perkins Coie is an international law firm that specializes in blockchain technology and digital currency, also it has been active in space since 2013. It is pretty detailed and well researched but the paper’s conclusion is straightforward and transparent.

“We conclude that property interests should exist in Bitcoin under such law and that multiple sources of persuasive authority provide additional support for that conclusion,” the paper’s authors, J. Dax Hansen and Joshua L. Boehm, wrote.

The paper starts off with an overview of Bitcoin’s technological aspects and what those mean for how property law can apply to it.  The authors use California state law and Bitcoin transactions as an example and make their case.

“Parties may … enter into contractual arrangements in which one party entrusts partial or complete control of such private key(s) to a third party while still maintaining formal title to the bitcoin value represented inapplicable [unspent transaction outputs],” the paper reads. “These kinds of contractual arrangements are commonplace in custodial, trust, and escrow settings, which have generated well-developed legal principles that should generally translate to bitcoin custodial contexts.”

Even the country’s superior law professors support the idea that intangible property rights should apply to Bitcoin:

“Property law scholars who have encountered the bitcoin ownership issues in the context of broader, more theoretical undertakings have reached the same general conclusion… that is, interests in bitcoin should be protected by property law.”

The author further describes how Bitcoin has been widely treated as property by legal divisions and thus can be owned as one.

“Although the concept of ‘property’ is fundamentally a matter of state law in the United States, it is also important that bitcoin has been widely treated as property for the purposes of other state and federal statutory regimes,” reads the paper. “These treatments and assumptions have already had substantial consequences for the bitcoin sector. They, therefore, constitute informal but persuasive legal precedent further indicating that bitcoin can be owned as property.”

The author also pointed out the challenges that would come along with treating the currency as legal property. These include the lack of traceability that comes with Bitcoin, the multisignature arrangements, and pseudo-anonymity. Although, the authors are still positive that these obstacles can be overcome as the technology evolves.

“To be sure, difficulties in tracing ownership of particular bitcoin units across successive owners could cause some challenges in certain commercial use cases,” they wrote, but “blockchain technology itself has enables, and will likely continue to enable, solutions to obstacles that do arise.”

It appears to be that the worlds of Bitcoin and formal legal precedent are rapidly coming to a head. This could be a turning point for Bitcoin’s future.

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