2017 Bitcoin Case Law Update

2017 Bitcoin Case Law Update

Around this time last year there was a fair bit of noise as to whether Bitcoin is legal money or not, spurred on by Florida v. Espinoza, in Miami, Florida. This pithy line struck a chord with many: The court is not an expert in economics; however, it is very clear,...
What is Unconstitutional Animus?

What is Unconstitutional Animus?

Today the Supreme Court handed down a significant decision in U.S. v. Windsor, striking down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Besides the decision, what was of particular interest to me was the reasoning behind the decision – unconstitutional animus. I would...
The End of Permanence: The Scunthorpe Problem

The End of Permanence: The Scunthorpe Problem

Back in 1996, like most people, I was using a 56k baud modem to dial into AOL in order to hook up to the internet. Yes, the internet existed back then even if you didn’t know what it was. At the time, AOL was a “safe harbor” of sorts. An intermediary...

Your Laptop is NOT Private or Secure at US Customs

  The Ninth Circuit has held that it is the right of the United States government to seize a digital device at a border crossing*, transport it to a secondary location, and retain the data from the device indefinitely until it can be accessed. It has been true for...