Bitcoin Primely Positioned as U.S. Foreign Policy Pushes Rivals to Ditch Dollar
Jan05

Bitcoin Primely Positioned as U.S. Foreign Policy Pushes Rivals to Ditch Dollar

As President Donald Trump presides over geopolitical shape-shifting as the poster boy of separatist politics, the most significant clapback yet may be loss of confidence in the U.S. dollar. The dollar has been politically weaponized in the service of American interests and now other global powerhouses are betting on taking back control of their economies by phasing out the dollar as the de facto medium of international trade. Also...

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Number of Chinese Crypto Lawsuits Doubles in 2018
Jan05

Number of Chinese Crypto Lawsuits Doubles in 2018

According to China Judgements Online, a database of Chinese court documents, half of all lawsuits pertaining to cryptocurrencies were filed last year, highlighting an increase in fraudulent activity despite China’s regulatory crackdown. The database indicates that at least 202 cryptocurrency scams were promoted via more than 3,000 different platforms. Also Read: Indian Central Bank’s Report Shows Cryptocurrencies Are...

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Japan Planning Up to Two Years in Prison For Manga Pirates
Jan05

Japan Planning Up to Two Years in Prison For Manga Pirates

While uploading infringing content is generally considered illegal in many countries around the world, downloading and streaming can be different matters. Specifically outlawed in the EU, laws on streaming are less obvious in other regions due to a lack of clarification and relevant test cases. In some countries, downloading is often considered to sit in a legal gray area due to private copying exceptions and blank media levies. In...

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US Online Piracy Lawsuits Hit a Record High Last Year
Jan05

US Online Piracy Lawsuits Hit a Record High Last Year

Since the turn of the last decade, numerous people have been accused in US courts of illegal file-sharing. Initially, these lawsuits targeted hundreds or thousands of BitTorrent users per case, but this practice has since been rooted out. Now, most file-sharing cases target a single person, up to a dozen or two at most. This means that the number of “Doe” defendants have gone down, but the same can’t be said for the...

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Opening government data, new life for Mozilla Labs, a bug bounty program, and more news
Jan05

Opening government data, new life for Mozilla Labs, a bug bounty program, and more news

In this edition of our open source news roundup, we take a look making government data open in the U.S., German state funding an open source e-health app, the return of Mozilla Labs, and more read...

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