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October 18, 2016

Making something out of nothing – Bitcoin under the law


Making something out of nothing.
Were very pleased to welcome UK Barrister, Leigh Sagar, to Coinscrum on Tuesday 18th October (at a new venue, Shoreditch Platform, on the corner of Old Street and Kingsland Road). Unlike money, which consists of chattels issued by the legal authority of the State, bitcoin is not a currency that is acceptable as a means of payment in legal tender. The European Union Court of Justice called bitcoin a non-traditional currency which is accepted by the parties to a transaction as an alternative to legal tender and which has no purpose other than to be a means of payment (Skatteverket v David Hedqvist (2015) Case C-264/14).
Bitcoin are created by the operation of computer code and cannot be seen, touched or tasted. They exist as electronic signals in semiconducting or magnetic materials. The signals represent information that is used by the system to identify and transact in the notional tokens that are generated. How, then, does the law characterise this “virtual currency” as property?This talk will introduce the law relating to property rights that are associated with digital assets (i.e. computer records representing digital information) and go on to discuss how this can be applied to bitcoin.
About Leigh Sagar
Leigh is a barrister practicing at New Square Chambers in Lincoln’s Inn. His practice includes trusts and estates and commercial advice and litigation. He also advises on the administration of digital information. He is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) Digital Assets Working Group.
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Paul Gordon
Following a 20+ year career in financial markets, Paul first became interested in Bitcoin in 2011 and helped to establish one of the world's first Bitcoin meetup groups, Coinscrum, in 2012 since when he has grown the community to over 6,500 members, hosting over 250 events and introducing many of the leading projects and thought leaders in the industry.  Paul currently produces the weekly Coinscrum Markets video podcast series and is an active investor and advisor to a number of crypto and blockchain related projects.

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