Craig Wright enforces copyright claim on Bitcoin white paper

Landmark ownership and the infamous Bitcoin White Paper have always rested with its author, Dr. Craig Wright, as a simple matter of copyright law. Since its publication it has been spread throughout the internet and beyond, becoming an ornate artefact in Bitcoin history, probably with the permission of its creator.

Now, Satoshi Nakamoto seems to have returned to take back what his.

CoinGeek has learned that lawyers for Dr. Wright has sent copyright infringement notices to five parties that currently host a Bitcoin whitepaper on their websites. These parties control and operate the websites bitcoin.org, bitcoin.com and bitcoincore.org.

The letters were sent in accordance with the English Civil Procedure Rules, Pre-Action Protocol for intellectual property claims. Letters such as these usually serve as a warning to a person who may soon be prosecuted as a result of their conduct if they do not stop their offensive acts.

The letters inform those parties that Dr. Wright consents to them publishing his white paper. Dr. Wright has insisted that they stop making the white paper available on their websites and commit not to publish again in the future without his permission.

It is important to note that it is likely that Dr. Wright is to remove all traces of the white paper from public access. The white paper is hosted right on Dr.’s blog. Wright and probably always will. Part of the motivation for these letters is undoubtedly the creator of a piece of intellectual property that seeks to ensure that its creation is protected.

But when looking at the letter’s targets, a deeper motivation becomes apparent. These are websites that all offer products they call ‘Bitcoin’ and yet have a near zero relationship with the Bitcoin invented by Satoshi Nakamoto and released to the world in 2008. For example, Bitcoin.org is no longer just a front for a BTC store, Bitcoincore.org is the website hosting the software that underpins BTC (as opposed to Bitcoin properly), Bitcoin.com is The website that hosts the software for BCH instead of Bitcoin. These are all websites that misuse the white paper in order to give credence to cheap imitations of the original Bitcoin. On that basis, it is no wonder why the author of the white paper would want to limit the number of places it can appear.

Although the letters provide an opportunity for the perpetrators to rectify the situation, the fact that Dr. Wright is currently saying a lot about what may come in the fall of 2021: it seems he is finally ready to start enforcing the rights he has long claimed as the inventor of Bitcoin.

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