For the past few days, the cryptocurrency community has been discussing the recent steps taken by Craig Wright’s lawyers against web portals that host the original Bitcoin white paper. Letters have recently been sent to a number of websites asking for the paper to be removed due to copyright infringement.
** Editor’s Update 1/21/21 @ 1:15 pm (EST): At some point during the day, the bitcoin.org web portal owner, Cobra, deleted his tweet (quoted below) about removing locked white paper . chat on Github. The conversation was closed for being “too heated and restricted for collaborators.”
Bitcoin White Paper Copyright Claims
The digital currency space is dealing with controversy once again, as many web portals like bitcoin.org have received notifications from Craig Wright’s legal team telling them to remove the Bitcoin white paper from their website. Wright has claimed for years now that he is the inventor of Bitcoin, Satoshi Nakamoto, but Wright has never proven this to the larger community.
We have issued a warning regarding CSW, Bitcoin white paper, and recent Bitcoin Core actions.https: //t.co/M2jP4FS24i
– Cøbra (@CobraBitcoin) January 21, 2021
In addition, Wright also claims to be the “deserving owner” of the bitcoin.org domain and claims that a group of people have taken control of the website and changed information. The current owners of bitcoin.org deny Wright’s claims and stress that Wright’s claims are “without merit” and the website refuses to comply.
“Yesterday bitcoin.org and bitcoincore.org received allegations of copyright infringement on the Bitcoin white paper from lawyers representing Craig Steven Wright,” the bitcoin.org statement about the event details. “In this letter, they claim that Craig owns the copyright of the paper, the Bitcoin name, and the ownership of bitcoin.org. They also claim to be Satoshi Nakamoto, creator of Bitcoin nickname, and original owner of bitcoin.org. Bitcoin.org and Bitcoincore.org were asked to pull down the white paper. We believe these claims are without merit, and refuse to do so, ”bitcoin.org executives further insisted.
An attempt to add Bitcoin white paper back to the Bitcoin Core Github was locked, despite proof that the white paper is licensed by MIT and the thread has virtually no “trolley”: https://t.co/ LhUnXJhrdy
Total fear, and total capitulation. Bitcoin Core has died as a project IMO.
– Cøbra (@CobraBitcoin) January 21, 2021
Website owner bitcoin.org goes by the nickname ‘Cobrahas also been tweeting about the recent allegations made by Wright’s lawyers. Furthermore, Bitcoin Core’s chief host, Wladimir Van Der Laan, told Github that “the white paper does not necessarily need to be maintained here,” referring to the bitcoincore.org website, which also received a warning from lawyers. “Unless anyone can point to a specific place where Satoshi licensed it under a free license, it is legally safer to remove it from the bitcoin-core.org site,” Van Der Laan wrote.
Cobra didn’t seem to appreciate Van Der Laan’s decision and tweeted about the legal letters. “You let one legal letter force you to modify the Bitcoin Core website and remove the white paper, at the request of CSW,” Cobra he wrote in response to Van Der Laan’s tweet about the issue. “You set a precedent and lent legitimacy to his claims, and made it more likely that his attack on bitcoin.org succeeded. No sympathy, ”Cobra’s fierce criticism further noted.
The current owner of the bitcoin.org domain also tweeted about how people can contribute to the web portal legal fund against the white paper copyright claims.
If you want to contribute to /bitcoin.org’s legal defense against CSW’s copyright claims over the white paper and the alleged ownership of the domain. We have a giving address. We cannot let this continue.
Crypto Proponents Scoff in Wright’s Efforts Say The Paper Is Open Source and Public Domain
The issues have become a hot topic on social media and crypto fans have been enthusiastically discussing the alleged white paper copyright claims. Lots of bitcoin opponents publishing maintain the white paper on their websites. Bitcoin supporter Bruce Fenton tell its 55,000 Twitter followers that “Bitcoin white paper is open source and public.”
“The white paper was in the original repo which was licensed under MIT. CSW is grabbing a straw here, ”another person said insist. Billfodl’s Twitter account denied that he also refused to remove the website’s whitepaper.
“We also refuse to take down our white paper, just like Cobra Bitcoin,” Billfodl’s Twitter account He said. “CSW and Calvin goons don’t scare us.” Bitcoin.org’s donation address for the organization’s legal protection has begun receiving numerous BTC donations since Cobra tweeted about the copyright infringement situation.
US Copyright Office ‘Don’t Investigate the Truth of Any Statement Made’
Moreover, there are other individuals who have claimed copyright ownership over Bitcoin white paper in the past.
Wei Liu, a former executive at bitcoin mining firm F2pool, easily registered copyright for the Bitcoin white paper, as he simply claimed to be the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto and the author of the paper’s text. In fact, a statement from the United States copyright office stated that with regard to Wright’s 2019 copyright claim, a government entity “does not investigate the veracity of any statement made.”
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