Bitlicense – Riflessioni su Reddit

Bitlicense – Riflessioni su Reddit

Entities are considered dealing in virtual currencies if:

  • They transfer Bitcoins on behalf of one person. This includes Bitcoin tipping (/u/changetip), mixers, Send Shared, CoinJoin, Dark Wallet (200.2n1)

  • They hold or have control over Bitcoins for their users. This includes Mining pools, Coinbase, Circle,, all exchanges. (200.2n2)

  • They buy or sell Bitcoins as a business activity. This includes Local Bitcoins sellers, #bitcoin-otc. FinCEN statements includes selling physical coinage (including casascius coins) also regulated. (200.2n3)

  • They create a virtual currency, even if it is decentralized. This includes creating altcoins. In fact, Satoshi would have commited a crime creating Bitcoin without registration. (200.2n5)

  • They trade any virtual currency, even for another virtual currency. This includes alt coin exchanges. Mintpal, Cryptsy, BTER, etc (200.2n4)

.. to any resident in New York. Web services, even those incorporated overseas, must either comply or block access for NY users. (200.2n)

Entities ‘dealing in virtual currency’ must:

  • Perform AML and collect identities, including verification of government issued Photo ID and proof of address, and retain these information for 10 years. (200.15a)

  • Retain all transaction logs for 10 years, including real name & physical addresses of ALL parties of a transaction – yes, including whoever you are sending to. (200.12a1)

  • Report all transactions over the USD value of $3000, and file Suspicious Activity Reports. (200.15g4)

  • Maintain collateral in the form of USD, including collateral for Bitcoin balances. The % as collateral is unspecified.

  • Retained earnings and profits of in invested in US dollars. They may not keep any profit in Bitcoin.(200.8b)

  • Forfeit Bitcoins that are inactive for over 5 years to the State of New York – (200.12c)

  • Not obfuscate any transactions – Bitcoin mixing would be illegal. (200.15f)

The (only?) good news: Merchants do not need a BitLicense to accept Bitcoin for a good or service. (200.3c2).

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