Craig Wright, an Australian computer scientist who claims to be the inventor of the bitcoin currency Satoshi Nakamoto, has threatened legal action against the owners of the Bitcoin (BTC) sites, which he accused of stealing his technical document and other intellectual property.
As announced on January 21, Bitcoin.org along with another website, Bitcoincore.org, received copyright infringement fees from Craig Wright’s attorney. The lawyer has allegedly claimed that Wright, as the inventor of Bitcoin, Satoshi Nakamoto, is the legal copyright holder of the Bitcoin White Paper, and that he owns the Bitcoin name and trademark, and the two signatories mentioned above. The ad said:
Yesterday, both Bitcoin.org and Bitcoincore.org received allegations of copyright infringement on a Bitcoin paper from attorneys representing Craig Stephen Wright. In this letter, they claim that Craig owns the copyright to the paper, the Bitcoin name and the bitcoin ownership. org.
The announcement continues: “They also claim to be Satoshi Nakamoto, the creator of Bitcoin under a pseudonym and original owner of bitcoin.org. Both Bitcoin.org and Bitcoincore.org have requested that the official document be removed. We believe these allegations are unfounded and we refuse to do so. ”
But while the owner of Bitcoin.org (a pseudonym known as Cobra) declared his refusal due to fears that what they called “false accusations” would be threatened, the owner of Bitcoincore.org has already dropped the case.
Cobra said other defendants on Bitcoincore.org almost immediately accepted the requests from Craig Wright’s attorney. Cobra ad text:
Unfortunately, without our advice, Bitcoin Core developers, in response to these copyright infringement allegations, attempted to remove Bitcoin White Paper from bitcoincore.org, which confirmed these false allegations.
Cobra said that a local copy of the official document posted on Bitcoincore.org was removed in less than two hours, adding a link to a Github mod that showed the change was made:
“The Bitcoin Core site has been modified to remove links to the paper book, their local copy of the PDF file has been removed, and after less than two hours of public review, the change has been incorporated.”
It appears that all links to the Bitcoin White Paper have been removed from the Bitcoincore.org website. Cobra stated that this act of self-censorship would only confirm the belief that Craig Wright’s claims were legitimate:
“By surrendering in this way, the Bitcoin Core project provided ammunition to Bitcoin’s opponents, engaged in self-censorship and compromised their integrity. This surrender will undoubtedly be a weapon for new false claims, such as that Bitcoin Core developers “know” CSW as Satoshi Nakamoto, and they did. . ”
However, Bitcoincore.org owner and current Bitcoin coder Vladimir J. Van der Laan (@orionwl on Twitter) responded quickly by telling his Twitter audience that this issue is not a mountain he must die in:
So let’s be clear: I’m happy to keep the basic bitcoin code, but personally I do not want to be a Bitcoin martyr, it’s up to you as Bitcoin to protect it.
Craig Wright has filed several lawsuits against various people in the cryptocurrency industry to disprove the notion that he is Satoshi Nakamoto and the true owner of Bitcoin. So far, none of the problems have been solved in his favor.
Van der Laan seemed to suggest that it was easier to play with Wright’s lawyer, adding that his focus was still on the Bitcoin system itself. chirp:
“It’s about decentralization and distributed systems, not about the personal, male attitude. I’m not interested in that, and I’m definitely not getting enough money to do it.
Cobra ended its Bitcoin.org ad by confirming the open source status of the MIT license under which Bitcoin and its whitepaper were published, noting:
“The Bitcoin White Paper was included in the source files for the Bitcoin project, with the project explicitly published by Satoshi Nakamoto under the MIT license. We are confident that we have no doubt that we are legally entitled to publish the Bitcoin White Paper.”
Cobra said that the Bitcoin paper will continue to host Bitcoin.org, and that they hope other sites will follow suit and counter attempts to intimidate Craig Wright.