Craig Steven Wright, an Australian computer scientist and businessman, is engaged in another battle over Bitcoin and its whitepaper. Wright’s lawyers served Bitcoin.org and Bitcoincore.org with “allegations of copyright infringement of the Bitcoin whitepaper.”
The lawyers also claimed that Wright is Satoshi Nakamoto, the mysterious creator of Bitcoin and the original owner of the Bitcoin.org domain.
The lawyers asked the two websites to remove the Bitcoin whitepaper from their platforms. According to Bitcoin.org, the “claims are without merit, and refuse to do so.”
Bitcoincore.org complies with the request
Bitcoin Core developers decided to remove the white paper without consulting with Bitcoin.org in response to the allegations of copyright infringement.
However, the decision to do so lends credence to what Bitcoin.org regards as false claims.
“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,” reads part of the Bitcoin.org’s response to the allegations.
Bitcoin.org believes that Bitcoin Core developers have given “ammunition to Bitcoin’s enemies, engaged in self-censorship, and compromised its integrity.”
The Bitcoin.org domain name was registered in August 2008, about 2.5 months before Satoshi Nakamoto posted a link to the Bitcoin white paper to a cryptography mailing list.
Per the response, the Bitcoin whitepaper was published under the MIT license and Bitcoin.org believes that they have the right to host the whitepaper. They have vowed to continue hosting the whitepaper and refused to be silenced or intimidated.
“Others hosting the whitepaper should follow our lead in resisting these false allegations,” said Bitcoin.org.
Wright yet to prove that he is Satoshi
The search for the mysterious Satoshi Nakamoto has led to false leads and others coming forward claiming to be the creators of bitcoin.
So far, none of them has managed to prove these claims.
In a 2016 interview with the BBC, Wright promised to provide extraordinary proof to a claim that he did not disclose at the time. Craig claimed in 2019 that he led a group effort that resulted in the creation of Bitcoin.
Despite these claims, Wright has not been able to prove that he is Satoshi. If he is Satoshi, experts say that he should be able to move around some of the bitcoins mined by Satoshi.
“Satoshi Nakamoto has a known PGP public key, therefore it is cryptographically possible for someone to verify themselves to be Satoshi Nakamoto. Unfortunately, Craig has been unable to do this.”