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Jack in the Box claims in court FTX US ripped off its character to create ‘Moon Man’

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Lawyers for major fast food chain Jack in the Box have filed a lawsuit against crypto exchange FTX US for copyright and trademark infringement of its “Jack” mascot.

According to federal court documents filed in the Southern District of California on Wednesday, Jack in the Box’s legal teamis requesting a jury trial, claiming FTX US Moon Man character Lou Nar, an adult male typically dressed in polo shirts with the head of a moon used for Major League Baseball events is a ripoff of the companys current version of its Jack mascot. The fast-food company describes its character as a typical adult human male, with the exception of his large spherical white head, blue dot eyes, nose, and curvy smile.

Rather than spending its vast financial resources to develop its own intellectual property, FTX brazenly and illegally copied or derived its Moon Man mascot from JITBs Jack, the company alleged in court documents:

Just like Jack, FTXs Moon Man has a spherical white head also affixed to a talking human actor, with blue-dotted eyes, a nose, and a smile. The two characters are strikingly similar in both appearance and behavior. For example, the Moon Man also changes his facial expressions and clothing attire throughout advertisements and appearances, just like Jack.

Jack in the Boxs legal team added that it considered the FTX US mascot a far inferior version of Jack, claiming it was tarnishing the fast-food companys reputation among consumers. The documents list incidents of reporters and many on social media comparing the two characters appearance, sometimes describing the Moon Man as a dirty version of Jack.

Though the original version of Jack in the Boxs character was created in 1951, the current Jack or Jack I. Box voiced by Dick Sitting was developed in 1995 and appeared in more than 300 television and radio commercials. Crypto exchange FTX was founded in 2019 and introduced the Moon Man this year.

The filing shows lawyers for Jack in the Box sent FTX a cease and desist letter to stop using the character on Oct. 15, to which FTX refused, claiming Jack in the Box has only narrow protection limited to the behatted ping pongheaded clown who exploded out of a box to sell burgers. Jack in the Boxs case includes allegations related to copyright infringement, trademark dilution, trademark infringement, false designation of origin and unfair competition.

Related: Copyright infringement and NFTs: How artists can protect themselves

Many pictures, symbols and memes have often been used by figures in the crypto space to pump or create FUD around some tokens, including Pepe the Frog, and even the Bitcoin (BTC) logo, itself, attributed to Satoshi Nakamoto. In June 2020, someone anonymously registered the BTC name and logo with the Spanish Patent and Trademark Office claiming they wanted to protect Bitcoin.

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Uzbekistan Allows Residents to Trade Cryptocurrencies on Local Exchanges – Exchanges Bitcoin News

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Changes to the rules governing activities of crypto exchanges in Uzbekistan now allow residents to trade coins on licensed platforms. Uzbekistanis could previously only sell their digital assets. The new provisions also regulate the issuance of tokens and their listing.

Uzbekistan Loosens Restrictions on Domestic Crypto Trading

Uzbekistanis will be able to trade digital currencies on the country’s licensed crypto exchanges. This has become possible after the National Agency for Project Management (NAPM) under President Shavkat Mirziyoyev recently amended the rules pertaining to local cryptocurrency trade.

According to the new regulations, residents of Uzbekistan can buy, sell, and exchange crypto assets domestically for their national currency, Forklog reported, quoting a decree issued by the agency’s director. Non-residents are allowed to exchange cryptocurrencies for foreign fiat as well.

Uzbekistan legalized crypto trading in 2018 but in late 2019 the government banned local residents from purchasing cryptocurrencies. They could only sell. The regulatory body explained that the lifting of the restrictions has to do with citizens changing their approach to crypto investing which has become “more rational and balanced.”

In September this year, the NAPM warned against trading on unregistered platforms, reminding residents that in accordance with the presidential decree “On measures to develop the digital economy in the Republic of Uzbekistan” and the law “On licensing and notification procedures,” crypto exchange operations are subject to licensing.

The amendments further concern the issuance and trading of digital tokens. The National Agency for Project Management prohibits the listing of unsecured tokens on local exchanges. The regulations define tokens as a unit of account secured by tangible or other property and used to attract investment, NAPM detailed.

Authorities in Tashkent have maintained a generally positive attitude toward the crypto space. In January 2020, they announced plans to establish а national mining pool, create a blockchain valley, introduce crypto tax exemptions, and establish a cryptocurrency exchange. Uznex, a digital asset trading platform operated by the South Korean entity Kobea Group, was launched later the same month.

However, the use of cryptocurrencies as a means of payment for goods and services is still prohibited in the Central Asian country. In September, the Central Bank of Uzbekistan ruled out the idea that bitcoin and the rest could be recognized as legal tender in the country. That’s unlikely to ever change, a high-ranking official was quoted as stating.

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Ethereum Gains Momentum, Dips Turn Attractive In Near-Term

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Ethereum gained pace above the $4,350 resistance against the US Dollar. ETH could accelerate higher if there is a clear break above the $4,550 resistance zone.

  • Ethereum is trading in a bullish zone above the $4,350 level.
  • The price is now well above $4,250 and the 100 hourly simple moving average.
  • There is a major bullish trend line forming with support near $4,360 on the hourly chart of ETH/USD (data feed via Kraken).
  • The pair could continue higher if it stays above the $4,350 support level in the near term.

Ethereum Price Extends Gains

Ethereum extended increase above the $4,350 resistance level. ETH price even broke the $4,440 level and settled well above the 100 hourly simple moving average.

There was a steady increase and the even climbed above $4,500. A high was formed near $4,552 and the price is now correcting lower. It traded below the $4,500 level. There was a break below the 23.6% Fib retracement level of the upward move from the $4,169 swing low to $4,552 high.

Ether price is now well above $4,250 and the 100 hourly simple moving average. There is also a major bullish trend line forming with support near $4,360 on the hourly chart of ETH/USD.

Ethereum Price

Source: ETHUSD on TradingView.com

An initial resistance on the upside is near the $4,500 level. The first major resistance is near the $4,550 level. A close above the $4,500 and $4,550 levels could start a fresh increase in the near term. In the stated case, the price might rise towards the $4,620 level. Any more gains could lift the price towards the $4,750 zone in the near term.

Dips Limited in ETH?

If ethereum fails to start a fresh increase above the $4,500 level, it could extend its downside correction. An initial support on the downside is near the $4,400 level.

The first key support is now forming near the $4,350 level, the trend line, and the 100 hourly simple moving average. The trend line is near the 50% Fib retracement level of the upward move from the $4,169 swing low to $4,552 high. A downside break below the trend line could lead the price towards the $4,250 support.

Technical Indicators

Hourly MACD The MACD for ETH/USD is gaining pace in the bearish zone.

Hourly RSIThe RSI for ETH/USD is now correcting lower towards the 40 level.

Major Support Level $4,350

Major Resistance Level $4,550

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Russians transact $5B in crypto each year, Bank of Russia says

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Russian people are among the worlds most active participants of the cryptocurrency market, according to the countrys central bank.

The Bank of Russia published a fresh review on financial stability on Thursday, pointing out the countrys growing role in the $2.8 trillion market.

Citing estimations reported by major local banks in July 2021, the Bank of Russia suggested that the total annual volumes of crypto transactions of the Russian population amount to 350 billion rubles, or $5 billion.

It is unclear whether the Bank of Russia has converted these estimations as the price of Bitcoin (BTC) has almost doubled since July, surging from around $30,000 to over $60,000 in November.

In the report, the Bank of Russia also noted that the Russian Federation is among global leaders in terms of visits to the Binance cryptocurrency exchange. According to data from the digital intelligence provider SimilarWeb, Russia is the second bigg in terms of total traffic on Binance after Turkey.

The Russian central bank also noted that Russia is one of the worlds largest Bitcoin mining countries, ranking third in terms of national hash rates, according to Cambridge Bitcoin Electricity Consumption Index as of August 2021.

Despite admitting Russias leading position in the global cryptocurrency market, the Bank of Russia still outlined major risks associated with the industry, including those associated with financial stability, investor protection, money laundering and criminal financing as well as ESG risks.

The central bank did not suggest any immediate measures to address these risks but said that it would be closely monitoring the market to identify potential threats:

The relationship between digital currencies and the financial sector remains limited at the moment. However, the rapid growth and the widespread adoption of digital currencies would pose higher risks both globally and for the Russian financial market.

Related: Russian crypto market worth $500B despite bad regulation, says exec

The Bank of Russia has taken a hard stance on cryptocurrencies, with governor Elvira Nabiullina arguing that responsible governments should not drive crypto adoption. The central bank is known for not allowing local banks to deal with crypto and promoting the use of its own digital currency instead. This has led to a situation where no Russian crypto exchange can now offer its services legally.

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