Bitcoin Cash Developer Antony Zegers Dissociates Himself from Bitcoin Unlimited Citing BSV Issues
Anthony Zegers, a Bitcoin Cash developer and one of the founding members of Bitcoin Unlimited (BU) project, has officially left the community due to the lack of response of the Bitcoin Unlimited and Bitcoin Cash SV teams concerning the lawsuit filed against several members of the Bitcoin Cash community, according to a Medium blog post published March 20, 2019.
Longstanding Big Blocker Dumps Bitcoin Unlimited
On December 6, 2018, reports emerged that United American Corp (UnitedCorp), a Miami-based telecommunications and information technology firm had filed a lawsuit against Roger Ver, Bitmain, Kraken and other key supporters of the controversial Bitcoin Cash project, alleging that the defendants had conspired to manipulate and centralize the Bitcoin Cash Network.
“The suit launched today in the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida alleges that the defendants collectively engaged in unfair methods of competition and through a series of unconscionable, deceptive and unfair practices, manipulated the Bitcoin Cash network for their benefit and to the detriment of United Corp and other Bitcoin Cash stakeholders,”
the lawsuit declared.
Fast forward to March 2019 and Zegers has labeled the lawsuit frivolous and has decided to quit being a member of the Bitcoin Unlimited (BU) community since the latter is closely related to the BSV community which Zegers claims some of its members are behind the lawsuit.
In his words:
“The event that triggered my decision to quit BU is the lawsuit against several people in the Bitcoin Cash community, including the developers Amaury Sechet, Jason Cox, and Shammah Chancellor. These are my friends and colleagues, and using a frivolous lawsuit to target them with the force of law in this manner is despicable worthy of condemnation. While the parties responsible for this aggression seen to be shrouded in mystery, they represent a part of the BSV community. At a minimum, I think it’s fair to say that the BSV community has not taken a strong stand condemning the lawsuit.”
Notably, the lawsuit also alleges that Bitmain, Kraken exchange and Roger Ver and all other defendants hijacked the Bitcoin Cash network through the use of “rented hashing,” a system that is against the ethos and principles of decentralization and blockchain technology.
Rented hashing is the process of artificially and temporarily redirecting computing power in a bid to gain absolute control of a network.
The team allegedly used this powerful and illegal method to boost the adoption of the Bitcoin ABC new rule set over other implantations that would have maintained a democratic rule sets.
“As a whole, I feel that Bitcoin Unlimited has been ineffective at countering BSV. I don’t want to associate myself with BSV in any way, and because of this, I feel that I must separate myself from Bitcoin Unlimited. Bitcoin Unlimited has sentimental significance as an early flag bearer of the “big block” community and has done great in areas such as advancing on-chain scaling technology. It has a lot to be proud of in its history and hopefully will contribute more to Bitcoin Cash in the future. I will be focusing my work towards making Bitcoin cash the best money the world has ever seen, and I hope to work with individuals from Bitcoin Unlimited who share that goal,”
Zegers Not Alone
According to a TrustNodes report, Andrew Stone, lead developer of Bitcoin Unlimited also shares the same stance with Zegers over the matter. He reportedly argued that the lawsuit is inappropriate.
In his words:
“I personally believe that the lawsuit is entirely inappropriate, is intended as an intimidation technique, and I call on whoever is behind it to stop. If you won’t stop out of decency, then do so for the good of the BSV coin, since I believe your behavior will push away developers and investors. Perhaps not coincidentally, another reasonably well-known member of the ABC community has come to me in the last few days with a similar “If you are not 100% with us you are against us” mentality…I think that some people may think that I am indecisive because I’ve steered BU to offer a compromise. But I think that you should take your schoolyard tribalism and shove it up you’re a**es,”
How Some BU Devs Started Supporting BSV
According to TrustNodes, a significant number of BU members have shown support for BSV partly because some devs in the community echoed some of the criticisms expressed by the BSV team before the November hardfork and subsequent chain-split.
Though the chain-split got executed without frictions, BSV supporters reportedly kept on believing that they could still be in control of the network by having substantial hashpower or by forcing their code on the Bitcoin ABC chain through a 51 percent attack, but in the long run, their strategy failed to work as planned.
Against that backdrop, BSV supporters and backers resorted to using other methods to hammer down the Bitcoin ABC team.
“I will release the private docs I received next week at the conference once they become public. Amaury, Roger, Jihan, Jess Powell, Kraken, and others named. Their life is going to get more exciting. Market manipulation and more,”
Bitcoin BSV billionaire backer, Calvin Ayre tweeted on November 21, 2018.
And a few weeks after that tweet, UnitedCorp reportedly filed the lawsuit against Roger Ver and co.
Roger Ver Responds To The Lawsuit
Accordingly, Roger Ver and some other members of his team made efforts to respond to the lawsuit and the former has reportedly spent $76,000 in legal fees so far.
Now, UnitedCorp has reportedly filed an opposition to dismiss the lawsuit, stating
“the opposition was filed after the defendants filed a motion to dismiss the UnitedCorp action on February 1, 2019.”
UnitedCorp Not Giving Up
Though how the entire saga concerns UnitedCorp is still unclear to everyone, the firm has however made it clear that it will fight the case until the end and it has hired Akerman LLP, a highly reputed law firm to fight its course.
“Should any of the counts in our suit actually be dismissed, the complaint will be amended as appropriate. One way or another we intend to compel Mr. Ver, Mr. Chancellor and other co-defendants to provide depositions under oath in the US shortly,”
declared UnitedCorp President, Benoit Lalibert.