Blockchain & Data Rights

Advances in blockchain, cryptocurrency and encryption may well turn out to be the most significant technologies of this generation. Many experts even believe the impact blockchain technology will have is comparable to the Internet itself. But as these concepts and implementing platforms continue to evolve and become mainstream in our society, the law continues to lag behind. The federal government is still looking to settle on a legal definition of what blockchain even is. Without a legal definition, determining how blockchain and cryptocurrency should be regulated is near impossible. The IRS views cryptocurrency as property. The SEC views it as a security. And the Commodity Futures Trading Commission views it (not surprisingly) as a commodity. This is why any business looking to enter the blockchain and cryptocurrency fray needs a legal team with tech-savvy attorneys. At Rockridge®, we are proud to offer that team, having attorneys with experience in data privacy, software, corporate/business law, and securities.

A concern of many companies that can be wholly independent of blockchain and encryption technologies involves the disposition of data rights.  In the federal acquisition regulations (FAR) alone there are a half dozen different definitions of data. Proprietary platforms that utilize, market, produce and/or exploit data are subject to legal restrictions. When personally identifiable consumer, financial or health information is involved, this often means privacy regulations. When non-personal but otherwise valuable data is involved, this means one and usually more of federal, state and international regulations.

Some of our blockchain and data services include:

 Blockchain Patents  DEAR Data Controls   FAR Data Controls
 Import/Export Licenses   NIST FIPS Approval  Open-Source Audits 
 Smart Contracts  Software Copyrights  Software Licenses

Associated Blogs, Presentations, Publications

Blockchain & Data Rights
January 4, 2021

Blockchain Law 101

Photo by Kevin Ku from Pexels. Blockchain-based technology is fraught with legal issues. It’s new to many, innovative, and has scared regulators into making an abundance of regulatory decisions quickly…
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October 21, 2019

Regulation in the Gig Economy

We often hear words like “sharing” and “gig” to describe our new economy of online platforms, connectivity, freelancing, and big tech. While these have largely become buzzwords wielded by millennial…

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Kevin Christopher

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