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NFTs and Intellectual Property Rights

November 24, 2021

Any creative endeavour is in theory capable of being tokenised or “NFT’d”. Record prices are being reached for the sale of non-fungible tokens (NFTs). But what are NFTs? How are they created? Why are they so valuable? What does the buyer own? What rights do they confer? And why should IP lawyers care?

Blockchain law: When plaintiffs raise claims of platforms behaving badly

September 21, 2021

Consumers and businesses should be able to control their financial assets and investments through use of electronic cryptocurrency platforms with confidence. What happens, however, when these platforms do not function properly or the platform operators work against their own users? Does the user have any remedies? A series of rulings over recent months provides little encouragement for plaintiffs.

ECON discusses amendments on MiCA, DORA and DLTR

June 23, 2021

On 16 June 2021, the European Parliament Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON) held a meeting in which it discussed the main legislative proposals under the European Commission (Commission) Digital Finance Strategy.

Wyoming to Recognize DAOs as LLCs

April 30, 2021

On April 21, 2021, Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon signed Bill 38 into law allowing Wyoming to recognize decentralized autonomous organizations (DAOs) as limited liability companies.

ECON Rapporteur publishes draft report on DLT market infrastructures pilot regime

March 12, 2021

On 12 March 2021, European Parliament rapporteur Johan van Overtveldt (BE, ECR) published his draft report on the European Commission’s proposal for a Regulation on a pilot regime for market infrastructures based on distributed ledger technology (DLT) [link].

Speaking of blockchain technology: When does tech talk become a crime?

February 01, 2021

The United States District Court for the Southern District of New York recently explained how providing a talk on the wrong subject to the wrong people in the wrong place can lead to criminal culpability.

Proposed European Regulations on markets in crypto-assets and DLT market infrastructure

September 24, 2020

On 23 September 2020 the European Commission published its long-awaited draft regulation on markets in crypto-assets (MiCA), with its accompanying annex and a draft regulation on a pilot regime for market infrastructures based on distributed ledger technology (DLTR).