The Law Commission of England and Wales recommended classifying cryptocurrencies and non-fungible tokens (NFTs) as a new type of property in a consultation paper published on Thursday.

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Fast facts

  • The Law Commission, an independent statutory body responsible for reviewing and reforming laws, said that existing laws are not robust enough to encompass digital assets. 
  • Therefore, the commission recommended creating a new category of property for “data objects” to apply private property laws to digital assets. 
  • This is because features of digital assets differ significantly from traditional physical assets, and it is, therefore, difficult to apply personal property laws to them, the Commission said. 
  • The Commission’s recommendations aim to create a strong legal framework for crypto and NFTs and turn the country into a global crypto hub. 
  • If implemented, the Commission’s proposals would provide “legal protection for the assets that you invest in,” Paul Haswell, a partner with Seyfarth Shaw LLP, told Forkast.
  • The government has also tasked the Law Commission with proposing rules for decentralized autonomous organizations (DAOs).

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