Dynamic Common Law and Technological Change: The Classification of Bitcoin

71 Wash. & Lee L. Rev. Online 22 (2014)

FSU College of Law, Public Law Research Paper No. 728

14 Pages Posted: 25 Jan 2015

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Shawn Bayern

Florida State University - College of Law

Date Written: September 1, 2014

Abstract

Most legal analysis of Bitcoin has addressed public-law and regulatory matters, such as taxation, securities regulation, and money laundering. This essay considers some questions that Bitcoin raises from a private-law perspective, and it aims to show that technological innovation may highlight problems with conceptualistic, classical rules of private law.

Keywords: bitcoin, common law, private law theory, formalism

Suggested Citation

Bayern, Shawn J., Dynamic Common Law and Technological Change: The Classification of Bitcoin (September 1, 2014). 71 Wash. & Lee L. Rev. Online 22 (2014), FSU College of Law, Public Law Research Paper No. 728, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2554747

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