Bitcoin at crossroads

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The law landscape is changing for Bitcoin with almost every week. Now, the authorities in California have passed a bill to address the unclear legal standing of the currency, Reuters reported:

California lawmakers on Monday approved a measure making it easier to use alternative currencies including Bitcoin, even as the failed Tokyo based bitcoin exchange, Mt Gox, moved forward into bankruptcy protection.

The bill would repeal what backers said was an outdated law prohibiting commerce using anything but U.S. currency.

“This bill is intended to fine-tune current law to address Californians’ payment habits in the mobile and digital fields,” said the bill's author, Democratic Assemblyman Roger Dickinson in a press release.

He cited the popularity of Bitcoin, and said even gift cards and reward points from retailers could be considered illegal under the current law.

"In an era of evolving payment methods, from Amazon coins to Starbucks Stars, it is impractical to ignore the growing use of cash alternatives," Dickinson said.

The bill is still pending approval of the California Governor.

The fact that the use of Bitcoin is becoming regulated by law is generally positive. New laws in place might help avoid blunders like Mt. Gox from happening all over again in the future. But there’s also one more aspect that makes the new regulations possibly favorable for the currency.

Lack of regulation prevents businesses from adopting Bitcoin since companies don’t want to take actions which could possibly break the law. Without proper regulations in place, companies tend to tread particularly lightly since legal cost can be high. On the other hand, with clear regulations in place, the possible Bitcoin users can assess the benefits and costs of using the currency and decide what to do.

The move by California lawmakers is yet another law proposed in the latest months. While the regulation of the Bitcoin market might cause fears that Bitcoin will lose some of its independent character, it is also an opportunity to bring Bitcoin closer to the wide audience.

Now, let’s focus on the charts.

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