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Turkey: Law on Internet Publications Amended

(Feb. 24, 2014) On February 6, 2014, the Grand National Assembly (GNA) of Turkey passed new amendments to Law No. 5651 on Regulation of Publications on the Internet and Combating Crimes Committed by Means of Such Publications (5651 sayili Internet Ortaminda Yapilan Yayinlarin Düzenlenmesi ve Bu Yayinlar Yoluyla Islenen Suçlarla Mücadele Edilmesi Hakkinda Kanun (May […]

Russia: Bitcoin Exchanges Can Be Penalized

(Feb. 6, 2014) On January 27, 2014, the Central Bank of the Russian Federation issued an information letter entitled “On Using Virtual Currencies, Specifically Bitcoin, in Transactions.” (Press Release, Central Bank of the Russian Federation (Jan. 27, 2014).) In the absence of legal acts that would regulate the use of Bitcoins, this statement appears to […]

Israel: Prohibition of Online Distribution of Sexual Images Without Consent

(Jan. 10, 2014) On January 6, 2014, the Knesset (Israel’s parliament) approved an amendment to the Prevention of Sexual Harassment Law, 5758-1998 (hereinafter the PSH Law). (PSH Law 5758-1998, SEFER HAHUKIM [Official Gazette], No. 1661 at 166, as amended; PSH Law (Amendment No. 10), 5774-2014, the Knesset website, [scroll down to appropriate link; hereinafter the […]

Norway: Bitcoins Are Capital Property, Not Currency, Says Norwegian Tax Authority

(Dec. 11, 2013) Bitcoins, the online currency, have received much media attention in a short time and become an up-and-coming international means of payment. (Joe Light, Virtual-Currency Craze Spawns Bitcoin Wannabes, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL (Nov. 20, 2013).) Now the Norwegian Tax Administration (NTA) has weighed in on the legal classification of bitcoins by issuing […]

Japan: Government Discusses How to Deal with “Revenge Porn”

(Nov. 20, 2013) In early October 2013, an 18 year-old Japanese high school girl was killed by her ex-boyfriend. The case became national news in Japan. An aspect of the case that was considered particularly disturbing was the fact that the killer had distributed “revenge porn” about a week before the killing. He posted pornographic […]