Colombia and Estonia’s Government Websites Host Bitcoin’s White Paper; Despite Craig Wright’s Growing Threats
The Estonian government is joining crypto firms to host the BItcoin whitepaper on its website. This new action is an act of defiance against bullying tactics from Craig Wright.
Craig Wright is one of the most despised men in the crypto industry, thanks to his hair-trigger litigious nature and constant claims of being Bitcoin creator Satoshi Nakamoto.
However, a recent stunt from the computer programmer and Bitcoin SV proponent appears to have brought the industry together against him – again.
Wright instigated a fight for the Bitcoin whitepaper last week after threatening to drag a couple of developer sites to court for hosting the document. Since then, a flurry of defiance from industry firms has put him on the defensive. Now, crypto-loving countries are stepping in as well.
The website for Estonia’s e-Residency program was the first to take the jump. The e-Residency platform now hosts the Bitcoin whitepaper, making it available for anyone who would care to go through it. Estonian businessman Sten Tamkivi brought the update to the attention of crypto-Twitter.
The e-Residency program provides an easy VISA and citizenship pathway to entrepreneurs looking to enter the country’s digital space. Hoping to promote its crypto-friendly nature, the program is now hosting the whitepaper as a sign of support for the industry. A statement from the website now reads:
“We are happy to preserve the original Bitcoin whitepaper here on our website as a source of inspiration for future innovators looking to understand how to use blockchain technology in support of facilitating cross-border business and other applications.”
Wright’s Threats Spark Industry Action
The action is coming against Wright’s threat against Bitcoin.org and Bitcoincore.org, two Bitcoin Core contributor sites. According to a blog post from the former, Wright sent a letter to both companies, asking them to take down the whitepapers they hosted.
Wright repeated his unsubstantiated, years-old claim that he is Satoshi Nakamoto, Bitcoin’s pseudonymous creator. He added that his identity made him the sole copyright owner of the whitepaper and that both companies had violated his copyright by publishing it without his consent.
Bitcoin.org explained that Bitcocincore.org had taken down its whitepaper. However, it would not follow in the latter’s footsteps. The company pointed out that the Bitcoin whitepaper was included in the original project files for the asset, all of which Nakamoto published under the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)’s free, permissive license.
The company added that Nakamoto has a known PGB public key. So, Wright can’t possibly claim to be Nakamoto. Considering that the computer scientist has yet to show proof of his claims, he has lost credibility over copyright enforcement.
Estonia’s e-Residency program is joining several industry firms that have posted the Bitcoin whitepaper on their sites. Square, the crypto-supporting payment processor, has a specific section of its website for the document – as does Novi, the stablecoin subsidiary from social media giant Facebook.