Craig Wright, the self-proclaimed Satoshi Nakamoto, was threatening this week to take legal action against all Bitcoin websites that distribute the crypto whitepaper without his authorization.
Websites Remove Bitcoin Whitepaper
The Bitcoin Whitepaper, titled “Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System,” was published by Satoshi Nakamoto under a public license from MIT in 2008 and is widely distributed in many forms around the world.
In this way, Craig Wright appears to have filed a copyright claim and is being prosecuted. However, it is still open to challenge.
But the real problem lies in the debate: Is it worth starting a battle? How much time and money can it cost?
Will a battle start?
On January 21, Bitcoin.org issued a statement where it assured that the website together with Bitcoincore.org received complaints of copyright infringement from Craig Wright’s lawyers.
Specifically, the statement explained that “Both Bitcoin.org and Bitcoincore.org received allegations of copyright infringement for the Bitcoin whitepaper by attorneys representing Craig Steven Wright. In the letter, they claim that Craig owns the document’s copyright, the Bitcoin name, and ownership of Bitcoin.org.
Finally, they add that they were asked to remove the whitepaper from the website. However, at least Bitcoin.org was unwilling to give up and refused to withdraw the document. But, he did not count on the fact that the owner of Bitcoincore.org had already given in.
“Unfortunately, without consulting us … the developers of Bitcoin Core were quick to remove the Bitcoin whitepaper …, in response to these allegations of copyright infringement, giving credence to these false claims”, pointed out Cobra, the proprietary developer of Bitcoin.org.
Bitcoin Core developer Wladimir J. van der Laan justified the removal by stating that it was not necessary to have the document there.
«Unless someone can explicitly verify that Satoshi attributed this document a free license, it is legally safer to remove it from Bitcoincore.org… », he noted in the statement on GitHub.
The debate begins in the Bitcoin community
This is how we have two versions, one that is willing to fight to the end and another that claims not to want to become a martyr for Bitcoin.
For its part, Cobra alleges that by surrendering, Bitcoin Core has offered arguments to the enemy against Bitcoin. Basically he claims that they have “censored themselves and compromised their integrity.”
While, Wladimir J. van der Laan (@orionwl on Twitter) responded by assuring that the situation was not something worth dying for.
In this way, in Bitcoincore.org we will no longer be able to find traces of the Bitcoin whitepaper, unlike Bitcoin.org where the crypto community can still access it.