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Stop passing blockchain laws

History has a way of repeating itself. Twenty years ago, when Amazon was just an experiment in online book sales and Google was just a Yahoo! copycat, nobody seemed to understand what the “Internet” actually was or how it would eventually affect our lives. That went double for lawyers, who in the mid-1990s pushed the panic button when the concept of online contracting became a reality. State lawmakers rushed to introduce statutes that would define and constrain this monster before it wrought havoc on the unsuspecting analog world of contract law. They came up with technology-specific, proscriptive rules for electronic signatures that, had they been successful, would have left the U.S. a patchwork of unworkable state laws that would have prevented electronic delivery and signatures for all kinds of transactions that we take for granted today. Fortunately, a model law called the Uniform Electronic Transactions Act (UETA) emerged that, in contrast to the initial view that online