UK to assess new law defining crypto as property

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The Law Commission of England and Wales, an independent body created to review and recommend law reforms if needed, confirmed it wants to broaden property rules to the crypto space, including non-fungible tokens as well.

According to the official consultation paper, the government had been asking for a complete review of the law regarding cryptocurrencies in order to enable their development.

“The Commission’s proposals aim to deliver wider recognition and legal protections for digital assets, allowing a more diverse range of people, groups and companies to interact online and benefit from them,” the announcement said.

Beside characterizing cryptocurrencies as personal property, reform would include crypto investors being protected by law in case of losses in hacks or scams.

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Plenty of NFT investors

Commercial and Common Law Commissioner Sarah Green commented there are plenty of NFT investors nowadays who never ask “what happens when things go wrong?”. “It's not clear at all what happens if you hack into my wallet and take my bitcoin or if ... this system fails and I can't access my Bitcoin,” Green asserted.

The seemingly crypto-friendly proposal is aimed, in part, at helping the U.K. government’s goal of turning the country into a global crypto hub, the commission said in a statement. The commission's proposals, however, would not apply in Scotland or Northern Ireland, which have their own legal systems.

The paper claims the law must acknowledge all unique features of digital assets, including NFTs, that will create a stable legal basis for the crypto industry and its users. With this transformation, the legal system can help create a legally safe environment for cryptocurrencies and the overall market.

This comes in the light of recent announcements by the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) that confirmed it has some severe intentions to strengthen cross-border crypto-asset regulation.

It is expected that the UK will become a crypto hub, meaning being more collaborative and innovative when it comes to the supervision of cryptocurrencies in the future.

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Author: Teuta Franjkovic

Author: Teuta Franjkovic

A sincere writer with a strong will to share knowledge on all things blockchain, crypto, metaverse and DeFi. Starting out as a writer with Cosmopolitan, Teuta has risen through the ranks of business journalism, editing newspapers and websites within the fintech industry for over 15 years. She holds a double MA in Public Politics and Entrepreneurship.


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