Investing in cryptocurrency – A regulatory guide to cryptocurrency and blockchain

he overwhelming reaction when discussing the investment viability of blockchain and Bitcoin is a mixture of interest, confusion and scepticism. Most people think it’s a bubble, others think it’s fascinating, almost all admit to not really knowing enough about it. The excitement surrounding blockchain and cryptocurrency reminds me of the .com era in the 90s and the similar reaction to talking about that digital revolution. Yes, that was a bubble as well peaking in early 2000s. Those of us who rode that roller coaster ride remember the joke “How do you scare a venture capitalist?” “You say Boo.” If you remember the fate of Boo.com you will totally understand the joke even if you do not find it funny. But the Internet as a serious business platform endured, and continues to disrupt and revolutionise the traditional terrestrial business paradigm.

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Digital music downloads

Digital music downloads have new regulation. Those parts of the Consumer Rights Act 2015 (the “Act”) that relate to digital music retail – streaming and downloading, and eCommerce websites will come into force 01st October 2015.

For those eCommerce businesses (retailers including those on Amazon, EBay and other third party websites) that comply with The Consumer Contracts (information, Cancellation and Additional Charges) Regulations 2013 (the “2013 Regulations”) governing cancellations of purchases via websites and the Consumer Protection (Amendment) Regulation 2011 (amends the 2008 Unfair Trading Regulations) (the “2011 Regulations), the Act is to be read in conjunction with the 2013 and 2011 Regulations.

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Social media business

The main issues that arise in the social media business context from a legal perspective are: (i) defamation (ii) censorship, and freedom of expression (iii) copyright infringement (iv) trade mark infringement (v) breach of privacy (vi) Data Protection (vi) harassment and bullying (Cyberstalking).

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