Lawyers representing the self-proclaimed Satoshi Nakamoto, Craig Steven Wright, have sent letters to two websites, asking them to remove BTC’s whitepaper.
While bitcoin.org has refused to do so, noting that these claims are meritless, bitcoincore.org has deleted the whitepaper.
CSW Lawyers Demand BTC Whitepaper Removal
Popular Bitcoin contributor, going by the nickname “Cobra,” who was revealed as the co-owner of one of the affected sites – bitcoin.org – published a statement regarding the latest case in which Wright has attempted to portray power over the BTC network.
It reads that the self-proclaimed creator of the first-ever cryptocurrency has acted through his lawyers to request the removal of bitcoin’s whitepaper from the aforementioned websites.
The lawyers had sent allegations of copyright infringement of the white paper, claiming that Wright owns the legal rights to the document and the Bitcoin name.
Furthermore, there was yet another assertion that Wright is indeed Satoshi Nakamoto and that he’s the original owner of bitcoin.org.
Wright has claimed for years that he is the person behind the largest cryptocurrency. However, he has failed to produce conclusive evidence proving that his claims have merit, and most BTC proponents and industry experts have neglected his words.
One Site Surrenders Giving CSW Power?
Cobra’s post refuted the allegations from Wright’s lawyers, saying that the bitcoin.org website has refused to remove the whitepaper. However, the contributor admitted that the other contacted site, bitcoincore.com, has consented.
“Unfortunately, without consulting us, Bitcoin Core developers scrambled to remove the Bitcoin whitepaper from bitcoinscore.org, in response to these allegations of copyright infringement, lending credence to these false claims.”
The statement explained that the developers had modified the website to remove references to the whitepaper and delete their PDF copy in less than two hours of public review.
Cobra said that this “surrender” could harm the network and the community in the long-run.
“The Bitcoin Core project has lent ammunition to Bitcoin’s enemies, and engaged in self-censorship, and compromised its integrity. This surrender will no doubt be weaponized to make new false claims, likes that the Bitcoin Core developers “know” CSW to be Satoshi Nakamoto, and this is why they acted this way.”
It’s worth noting that most commentators also criticized the decision, insisting that it was unnecessary and the team behind the website should have made it public so that “the community can defend you.”
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