An Initial Coin Offering has become a popular way for virtual currency entrepreneurs to raise funds for a new project or concept. This type of venture capital model, a hybrid between initial public offerings and crowdfunding, has been used to finance many virtual currency projects. However, as state and federal regulators have not enacted disclosure regulations that are specific to ICOs, there is little protection for investors. In order to maintain investor confidence, ICO issuers must proactively self-regulate and engage in responsible disclosure practices until a regulatory framework is in place.
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U.S. Department of Commerce Discusses Impact of Blockchain Technology on Digital Copyright Registries
December 10th 2016
Earlier today, the U.S. Department of Commerce hosted a meeting to discuss the future of copyright management, including online registries. The event featured a combination of panel presentations and breakout sessions, which addressed the role blockchain technology and smart contracts, amongst other approaches, could shape the future of copyright registration.
December 5th 2016
The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation has released proposed Digital Currency Regulatory Guidance (“Guidance”). It “expresses the Department’s interpretation of Illinois’ Transmitters of Money Act (“TOMA”) and its application to various activities involving digital currencies.” Read below for a more in-depth analysis of the guidance.
November 15th 2016
Earlier today the Securities Exchange Commission hosted a Fintech Forum at its Washington, D.C. headquarters to discuss technological innovations across the financial services industry. The Impact of Recent Innovation on Trading, Settlement, and Clearance Activities panel focused on blockchain technology and its ability to transform various facets of the financial services industry.
October 24th 2016
Money 20/20, the “world’s biggest, boldest, and best event covering payments and financial services innovation for connected commerce at the intersection of mobile, retail, marketing services, data and technology” began on October 23, 2016 in Las Vegas, NV.
September 28th 2016
Legislation on virtual currencies is needed after federal courts rule Bitcoin as "funds".
September 20th 2016
Martin Holst Swende joins the non-profit Ethereum Foundation as its full-time security lead to, (among other things), conduct application security testing and source code audits.
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