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Submission + - Bitcoin Not Money, Rules Miami Judge In Dismissing Laundering Charges (miamiherald.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Bitcoin does not actually qualify as money, a Miami-Dade judge ruled Monday in throwing out criminal charges against a Miami Beach man charged with illegally selling the virtual currency. The defendant, Michell Espinoza, was charged with illegally selling and laundering $1,500 worth of Bitcoins to undercover detectives who told him they wanted to use the money to buy stolen credit-card numbers. But Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Teresa Mary Pooler ruled that Bitcoin was not backed by any government or bank, and was not “tangible wealth” and “cannot be hidden under a mattress like cash and gold bars.” “The court is not an expert in economics, however, it is very clear, even to someone with limited knowledge in the area, the Bitcoin has a long way to go before it the equivalent of money,” Pooler wrote in an eight-page order. The judge also wrote that Florida law – which says someone can be charged with money laundering if they engage in a financial transaction that will “promote” illegal activity – is way too vague to apply to Bitcoin. “This court is unwilling to punish a man for selling his property to another, when his actions fall under a statute that is so vaguely written that even legal professionals have difficulty finding a singular meaning,” she wrote.

Comment Re:Wow! Who gives a fuck! (Score 1) 96

This sort of thing is specifically exempted.

"Computer programs and video games distributed in formats that have become obsolete and which require the original media or hardware as a condition of access."

http://www.copyright.gov/1201/...

That has never stopped corporate lawyers before, and it'll be very expensive for him to prove himself right.

Comment Re:Wow! Who gives a fuck! (Score 1) 96

Yep, had the DRM been broken when the Saturn still had games being made for it, that would have been a big deal.

23 years later? Meh. Just play a rom on a emulator. It upscales, loading times are non existent, can save the game when you want, can have the whole library on one SSD. Why doesn't this guy try to break DRM on systems in circulation?

You do know this isn't going to stop Sega's landsharks from invoking DMCA.

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