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Why the KnCMiners Bankruptcy might be a good news

The Sweden bitcoin mining company called KnCMiner announced its bankruptcy.
KncMiners was one of the greatest mining company who raised $15m in venture funding from Accel and Creandum, among the other investors back in 2015 after only two years of life.

Why KncMiners had to face Bankruptcy

One of the possible reason of this bankruptcy could be the three class-action lawsuit KnCMiner had to face recently. 
But CEO Sam Cole denied any relationship between their bankruptcy and these recent lawsuits.
Cole, in fact, argues that the main reason for KnCMiner bankruptcy is the decrease of the bitcoin transaction rewards for miners.
“Effectively our cost of coin – how much we produce the coins for – will be over the market price. The price is now [roughly] $480. With all of our overhead, after July, the cost will be over $480. All of the liabilities we’ll have after that time will be too high”, explained Cole.

Why the Bitcoin Mining Company KnCMiners Bankruptcy might be a positive news

In a centralized economic system currency is issued by central banks who control the emission and the value.
Conversely, in a decentralized economy currency is not controlled by any central authority and this is the reason why – in the Bitcoin case, for example, in his whitepaper Satoshi Nakamoto suggested an algorithm to define when and how many new bitcoin can be created.
According to this algorithm the number of new bitcoins is set to decrease with a 50% reduction every 210000 blocks, or almost 4 years.
As a result, the number of bitcoins will not exceed 21 million.
As the number of bitcoins is set to decrease the same thing happens to the miners reward.
Thanks to a process called halving, the rewards drop down, as it happened back in 2012 when it took down from 50 to 25 BTC.
Now it is set to become 12.5 BTC in July. 
For this reason the miners work is not so convenient anymore, so the number of miners is decreasing. Ans this means that the Bitcoin price will grow.
Also, a Bitcoin value is roughly $500, and miners cost of a new Bitcoin is more than $480 in energy and computer tools, so under that price it’s not worth doing it.

Halving process to help Bitcoin rising

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As for any scarce product, like gold or oil, the cost of extraction is one of the main elements that determine its price. If it increases, then the miners stops to do their jobs.
As a result the offer is reduced and its value rises.

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Amelia Tomasicchio

“Bitcoin is Property, Not Currency”, stated California Bankruptcy Court

Some days ago an American judge for the Northern District of California stated that bitcoin is a property and not a real currency.
This happened during a case in which US Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of California heared HashFast, a bitcoin mining service that declared bankruptcy in 2014.
The case sees a fiduciary suing the HashFast promoter, Mark Lowe, because he wants his 3,000 BTC bank, amount that is said to have been illegally transferred to Lowe himself.

Bitcoin: property or currency?

The main problem turned to be the classification of bitcoin as a currency or a property: should bitcoin be considered as a currency, Lowe would have to return the 3,000 BTC at the value they held when he received them (almost $360,000).
But judge Dennis Montali on February 19th decided that bitcoin is a property, so Howe must return about $1.3m.
These were his words:
“I understand how the parties acted, but that doesn’t make them dollars”.
Montali said that he would return to the question, if required and Lowe would transfer the 3,000 bitcoins or the equivalent dollar amount.

Pasted cases and decisions

Previously the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) stated that bitcoins are a commodity too. But in October, 2015, the European Union’s Court of Justice decided that bitcoins are a currency and they are tax free so exchanges don’t have to pay VAT.

About the author: Amelia Tomasicchio is a writer and a journalist of Bitcoin-related news and articles. She started writing about Bitcoin in 2014 and she graduated in Rome with an essay about movie industry related to Bitcoin.

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