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Craig Wright Asks Two Sites to Take Down ‘His’ Bitcoin Whitepaper or They Will Face Lawsuit

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by Benjamin Godfrey · 3 min read
Craig Wright Asks Two Sites to Take Down ‘His’ Bitcoin Whitepaper or They Will Face Lawsuit
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The brain behind the Bitcoin.org website said that all the allegations from Wright and his lawyers are false.

The copyright claims on the Bitcoin Whitepaper may be brewing a legal battle with Craig Wright’s latest requests. According to a Cointelegraph report, the self-acclaimed Bitcoin inventor has asked two websites tasked with the development of Bitcoin including Bitcoin.org and Bitcoincore.org to pull down the Bitcoin Whitepaper on the basis that they are his Intellectual Property (IP).

The claim to be Bitcoin’s founder pseudonymously known as Satoshi Nakamoto has been one of Craig Wright’s most profound clamor in the crypto space. While his attempts to threaten legal action in relation to the identity which has been masked since the Bitcoin Whitepaper was first published in 2008, predates this year, neither of the legal actions he instigated has ended up in his favor.

Now Craig is onto Bitcoin.org and Bitcoincore.org as revealed in a blog post that reads:

“Yesterday both Bitcoin.org and Bitcoincore.org received allegations of copyright infringement of the Bitcoin whitepaper by lawyers representing Craig Steven Wright. In this letter, they claim Craig owns the copyright to the paper, the Bitcoin name, and ownership of bitcoin.org. They also claim he is Satoshi Nakamoto, the pseudonymous creator of Bitcoin, and the original owner of bitcoin.org. Bitcoin.org and Bitcoincore.org were both asked to take down the whitepaper.”

While the latter website has cringed by removing the whitepaper and any traces of it from its website, the former is adamant and refusing to cower to Craig Wright’s threats. The brain behind the Bitcoin.org website, a pseudonymous developer is known as Cobra wrote in the blog post saying the allegations from Wright and his lawyers are false and condemned the swift response by the sister site to remove the technical document without adequate consultation. This move, Cobra noted will give credence to the false claims of Craig Wright.

Rebuff to the Bitcoin Whitepaper Copyright Claims

Refusing to indulge or condone either Craig Wright or the cowardly actions of Bitcoincore.org, Cobra noted that:

“The Bitcoin Core website was modified to remove references to the whitepaper, their local copy of the whitepaper PDF was deleted, and with less than 2 hours of public review, this change was merged. By surrendering in this way, the Bitcoin Core project has lent ammunition to Bitcoin’s enemies, engaged in self-censorship, and compromised its integrity. This surrender will no doubt be weaponized to make new false claims, like that the Bitcoin Core developers “know” CSW to be Satoshi Nakamoto and this is why they acted in this way.”

Despite the Bitcoincore.org developer having an excuse for his actions, Bitcoin.org is calling on members of the BTC community to join its resistance to Craig Wright’s intimidations as it is liable by law to publish the Whitepaper.

“The Bitcoin whitepaper was included in the original Bitcoin project files with the project clearly published under the MIT license by Satoshi Nakamoto. We believe there is no doubt we have the legal right to host the Bitcoin whitepaper,” Cobra noted.

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Benjamin Godfrey

Benjamin Godfrey is a blockchain enthusiast and journalists who relish writing about the real life applications of blockchain technology and innovations to drive general acceptance and worldwide integration of the emerging technology. His desires to educate people about cryptocurrencies inspires his contributions to renowned blockchain based media and sites. Benjamin Godfrey is a lover of sports and agriculture.

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