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UK Court recognizes NFTs as ‘private property’ — What now?

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At the beginning of May, the British Web3 community celebrated an important legal precedent — the High Court of Justice in London, the closest analog to the United States Supreme Court, has ruled that nonfungible tokens (NFT) represent “private property.” There is a caveat, though: In the court’s ruling, this private property status does not extend to the actual underlying content that NFT represents. Cointelegraph reached out to legal experts to understand what this decision could possibly change in the British legal landscape.

In February 2022, Lavinia D. Osbourne, founder of Women in Blockchain Talks, wrote on Twitter (NYSE:TWTR) that two digital works had been stolen from the Boss Beauties — a 10,000-NFT collection of empowered women that was created by “Gen Z change-makers” and featured at the New York Stock Exchange.

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Do Kwon proposes Terra hard fork to save ecosystem

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On Monday, Do Kwon, co-founder of the troubled Terra Luna blockchain, announced a revised plan to restore the ecosystem after a combination of significant market volatility and inherent protocol design flaws wiped out a vast majority of the blockchain’s market cap. As told by Kwon, Terraform Labs will put forth a new governance proposal on May 18 to fork the Terra Luna blockchain called Terra (token name: LUNA).

However, the new chain will not be linked to the TerraUSD (UST) stablecoin. Meanwhile, the old Terra blockchain will continue to exist with UST and will be called Terra Classic (LUNC). Under Kwon’s plan, if passed, the new LUNA blockchain will go live on May 27.

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Brazilian Stock Exchange set to launch Bitcoin and Ethereum futures

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The Brazilian Stock Exchange, B3, is set to launch its first official crypto-related product within the next six months, André Milanez confirmed in a conference call on Monday.

Milanez, who is the group’s chief financial officer, said B3 plans to launch “Bitcoin futures in the next three to six months.” The details of the product are still sketchy as Milanez did not disclose if the exchange will offer Bitcoin futures trading directly or form a partnership to offer the service.

In January, Jochen Mielke de Lima, director of information technology at B3, said that the stock exchange would launch products offering crypto exposure this year, including Bitcoin and Ethereum futures.

Back then, he disclosed that the Brazilian stock exchange had been examining the cryptocurrency market from a technological standpoint since 2016. Particularly, whether negotiations needed to be done against the Brazilian real or the US dollar. If the former was chosen, a crypto-asset index in reais needs to be developed, something that does not yet exist.

In addition to its crypto futures plan, B3 is also looking to offer services to crypto exchanges, acting as a kind of “centralizer” of custody and settlement operations. Lima said:

We have around 30 national crypto exchanges, apart from the international ones that operate here. We could offer a service to facilitate and standardize their operations. I believe it has something to explore in providing custody services and in the settlement process.

Furthermore, B3 has other crypto-based products in its arsenal, including a platform for crypto trading, asset tokenization, and cryptocurrency custody.

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Price analysis 5/16: BTC, ETH, BNB, XRP, ADA, SOL, DOGE, DOT, AVAX, SHIB

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Price analysis 5/16: BTC, ETH, BNB, XRP, ADA, SOL, DOGE, DOT, AVAX, SHIB

The selling in Bitcoin (BTC) is showing no sign of abating and Bitcoin has fallen for seven straight weeks for the first time ever. This indicates that the momentum remains strongly in favor of the bears.

While the short-term sentiment remains bearish, institutional traders seem to be taking a longer-term approach on cryptocurrencies. Goldman Sachs (NYSE:GS) and Barclays (LON:BARC) joined several other institutional investors in a $70 million Series A funding round by institutional trading platform Elwood Technologies.

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