Legal War Eminent As Bitcoin Whitepaper Drama Escalates

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A man who claims to be the mysterious Satoshi Nakamoto, the genius behind the crypto flagship, bitcoin is at loggerheads with bitcoin websites. Craig Wright is accusing two websites of stealing his famous bitcoin whitepaper and other intellectual properties.

Although Wright’s claims of being the elusive Satoshi Nakamoto are considered fake, he has become rather famous for his fake claims. Articles about the story of Satoshi will often include him as the self proclaimed bitcoin founder. 

The Australian computer scientist had some members of the crypto community fooled when he came out claiming to be Satoshi Nakamoto. Infact investigations were suggesting that the search of the famous Satoshi might have been over. Not long after these investigations were published it came to light that Wright is a complete fraud. 

The businessman said often in the past that he possessed  extraordinary evidence that proves he is the founder of bitcoin. He however has not presented any evidence to support his case. 

While Wright’s claims of being Satoshi might be a laughable stunt. The imminent legal wars over the ownership of the bitcoin whitepaper is however serious. 

News about the whitepaper drama has been making rounds in several crypto news platforms. 

Two bitcoin websites bitcoin.org and bitcoincore.org were slapped with copyright infringement allegations by Craig Wright. Wright’s lawyers claimed that the Australian businessman is the inventor of bitcoin, he therefore owns the name bitcoin, it’s trademark and the two websites they were slapping with a copyright infringement. Wright’s counsel is asking both websites to take down the whitepaper as he is the only legal copyright holder of the whitepaper. 

What the websites had to say about the allegation.

Bitcoincore.org has already taken down the bitcoin whitepaper avoiding any legal battle with the self proclaimed bitcoin founder. The developers of bitcoincore.org took the whitepaper down in less than two hours of public review. 

The lead maintainer at bitcoincore, Wladimir Van Der Laan,  according to reports says the whitepaper doesn’t necessarily need to be hosted there. He says unless anyone can point to a place where Satoshi licensed the paper as free, it is safer to remove it. 

Owner of bitcoin.org however is not backing down as the whitepaper remains on the website. The owner of bitcoin.org under the pseudonym CøbraBitcoin, has expressed his distaste of how bitcoincore “scrambled to remove the whitepaper”. In a statement on the website cøbra stated that bitcoincore had given credence to Wright by taking down the whitepaper. He said, “Unfortunately, without consulting us, Bitcoin Core developers scrambled to remove the Bitcoin whitepaper from bitcoincore.org, in response to these allegations of copyright infringement, lending credence to these false claims” 

He continued by saying bitcoincore had given ammunition to “bitcoin enemies” to come after bitcoin.org. 

How’s the crypto community reacting to this?

From reactions on social media, it could be said that the crypto community is seeing this as another Craig Steven Wright hoax. Bruce Fenton, a fervent crypto supporter, says bitcoin whitepaper is open source. 

Twitter user, fluffypony tweeted “I’m hosting the Bitcoin whitepaper, as distributed by Satoshi under the MIT license with the original Bitcoin code, on this site: craigwrightisnotsatoshi.com”

Founder of SkyBridge, an institutional-grade product to invest in bitcoin, Anthony Scaramucci also tweeted that the bitcoin whitepaper is also posted on skybridge website, skybridge.com.

Tweets of people who have decided to host the bitcoin whitepaper continue to increase, making light of Wright’s threats allegations.

This is the perfect time, if you haven’t read the Bitcoin whitepaper before; Bitcoin: A Peer-to-peer Electronic Cash System as written by Satoshi Nakamoto.

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