[FoRK] Bitcoin: "tied cryptologically to all the criminal activities that contributed to its shared value"

Gregory Alan Bolcer greg at bolcer.org
Tue Apr 16 11:02:01 PDT 2013

All good scenarios.

But back to the point.  Unlike other currencies, each individual bitcoin 
is cryptographically tied to every single transaction such that you can 
track the individual bitcoin all the way back to any previous uses of 
it.  The equivalent to the USD would be if each time any bill was used, 
the serial number was captured at the point of that exchange similar to 
the where's george app.


In the early days of bitcoin, it was the most popular way to purchase 
social security numbers, credit card numbers, and mass password lists 
because it was capable of completing transactions online, using grey and 
black market exchanges, and not dependent on common financial tools and 
methods.  Many criminal groups had a vested interest in seeing the value 
of bitcoin remain high so that these initial markets didn't dry up.

Also, similar to Napster where there was a percent of Napster used for 
illegal copyright violation, at that time, bitcoin had a higher use for 
legitimate transactions for illegal goods.  Using the Napster legal 
argument, my comment was that at that time and without much galloping 
inferentialism, it wouldn't be a stretch to state that bitcoin would be 
considered a criminal enterprise by certain US courts.

I swear I've explained this concept on 5 different lists already.

Let me ask two questions on the subject of perfect information.

Would you feel comfortable using a US dollar bill that was stolen from a 
little old lady that was murdered on the street?  Maybe, maybe not.  If 
the bank gave you the note and it was recovered, sure why not. 
Ignorance is bliss.  If you personally saw the murder and the murderer 
gave you the dollar bill to make you pretend you didn't see anything, 
probably not.

If you had an ability to look up the provenance of every single bitcoin 
and found that someone wanting to pay you for your pizza or your porsche 
with 20% "dirty" bitcoins and 80% clean ones.  Would you take it?  Would 
you insist on only the clean ones?  Would it matter depending on how 
dirty the coins were?  If at all?


On 4/16/2013 10:00 AM, Lucas Gonze wrote:
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