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About JeffKoeppel

I am a corporate/securities attorney in the Washington, DC area. Prior to joining the firm, I was a Senior Attorney Advisor in the Division of Corporation Finance at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. I am a member of the Bars of the States of Maryland, New York and the District of Columbia. You can also follow this blog on LinkedIn at: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/jeffrey-a-koeppel/0/63/5a9

States To Tax Video Gamers

You won a million dollars playing the video game League of Legends, what will you do next? Go to Disneyland? No, pay state taxes. The state taxman is getting wise to the new professional sports leagues and are taxing, or … Continue reading

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Corona Virus Hitting Chinese Box Office

What else is the corona virus killing? It’s killing the Chinese box office. Deadline reports that “all local film releases scheduled for the highly lucrative Chinese New Year period have been” cancelled. This could lead to a loss in global … Continue reading

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Square Patents Method To Seamlessly Transact Bitcoin

WTF is this? “.. a method includes receiving a request for payment …where the request specifies a payment amount in a fiat currency and satisfy[ing] the request for payment using a non-fiat instrument.” It is a new U.S. Patent granted … Continue reading

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Netflix Starting To Feel New Competition

Did you know that if a streaming show appears on your screen for 2 minutes, you’ve “watched” it? That’s how Netflix is counting viewership now. So, even if you’re sampling a show on the service to see if you want … Continue reading

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Fan Crowdfunding To Get Superbowl I Tape Released

On Sunday, February 2nd, the Kansas City Chiefs will face the San Francisco 49ers in Superbowl LIV (that’s 54 for you non-Romans). Superbowl I (one) was played way back in 1967, almost television pre-history. And only one person is known … Continue reading

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Venezuela Demands Payment In Crypto

I’m sure your remember the cryptocurrency introduced by Venezuela two years ago. Named Petros, the digital money is backed by Venezuela’s oil reserves. Most citizens have no idea how to buy or use it. Although under U.S. sanctions, the country … Continue reading

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The Chicken Or The Egg Movie Question

While the Wall Street Journal notes that Universal brought in two other directors to “fix” the $175 million movie “Doolittle” which has received only a 13% “Fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes (compared to a 90% rating for “1917”), the more … Continue reading

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