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Take “my” Bitcoin whitepaper down or face lawsuit

Legal demands by self-proclaimed Satoshi Nakamoto, Craig Wright, have forced one site to delete what he says is "his" whitepaper on Bitcoin. Yet others refuse to give up too easily.

Australian computer scientist Craig Wright, who claims to be Bitcoin founder Satoshi Nakamoto, threatened legal action against the holders of two websites of Bitcoin that he accused of stealing his whitepaper and other intellectual property.

As reported on January 21, Bitcoin.org and another platform, Bitcoincore.org, issued complaints from the lawyers of Craig Wright of copyright infringement. The counsel allegedly claimed that Wright was the legal copyright holder of the Bitcoin whitepaper, as the Bitcoin inventor Satoshi Nakamoto, that he owned the name and trademark of Bitcoin, as well as the two websites listed above. 

The announcement stated: “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.

As reported by cointelegraph.com, the announcement continues, “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. We believe these claims are without merit, and refuse to do so.”

But when the owner of Bitcoin.org (a pseudonymous developer known as Cobra) claimed that he declined to be intimidated by the threat of what they considered “false allegations,” Bitcoincore.org’s owner had already thrown in the towel.

Their co-accused over at Bitcoincore.org, according to Cobra, almost instantly acquiesced to the demands of Craig Wright’s lawyers. The announcement by Cobra stated: “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.

Cobra said the local copy of the whitepaper hosted on Bitcoincore.org was removed within less than two hours, adding a link to the Github modification which shows the change was made: “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.”

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