Craig Wright Threatens Bitcoin Websites With Lawsuit Over Copyright Infringement of Whitepaper

Craig Wright has sent a legal notice to two Bitcoin websites over what he claims are an infringement on his intellectual property.


Craig Wright has established a reputation as one of the most litigious people in the crypto industry. Now, he is turning his ire towards two websites for merely publishing the Bitcoin whitepaper.

Bitcoin.org owner, who goes by the pseudonym Cobra, wrote in a blog post that Wright's lawyers had sent notices to Bitcoin.org and Bitcoincore.org, asking them to take down their published Bitcoin whitepaper.

Reiterating an Unsubstantiated Claim

The notice draws on Wright's claims that he is Satoshi Nakamoto, Bitcoin's pseudonymous creator.

As Cobra explained, Wright's lawyers claimed that he owns the copyright to the Bitcoin whitepaper and is the original owner of Bitcoin.org itself. While Bitcoincore.org developers were bullied into submission, Bitcoin.org has not. Cobra said in the blog post,

“Unfortunately, without consulting us, Bitcoin Core developers scrambled to remove the Bitcoin whitepaper from bitcoincore.org, in response to these allegations of copyright infringement, lending credence to these false claims. By surrendering in this way, the Bitcoin Core project has lent ammunition to Bitcoin's enemies, engaged in self-censorship, and compromised its integrity.”

The developer added that Biitcoin.org would continue hosting the whitepaper, adding that any other company that has published the document should follow in their footsteps.

As Bitcoin.org explained, the Bitcoin whitepaper was included in the original project files for the leading cryptocurrency. The entire project was published under the free, permissive license from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) by Nakamoto.

The organization added that Nakamoto has a known PGP public key. So, it would be cryptographically impossible for anyone to verify himself as the Bitcoin creator. Since Wright has been unable to bring substantial proof of his claims, he loses credibility over the copyright enforcement.

Wright Isn't Giving Up

Wright has fought tooth and nail to enforce his ownership of the Bitcoin whitepaper. In 2019, he filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Organization for ownership of the document, claiming to have been its original drafter. Soon after, the news caused an uproar in the crypto community, the Trademark Office published a statement claiming that it didn't officially recognize anyone as the creator of Bitcoin.

As the Office said at the time, all application claimants certify the truth of all assertions in the submitted materials. As a rule, it does not investigate the veracity of any statement made.

Still not satisfied, Wright published the Bitcoin whitepaper on SSRN (formerly the Social Science Research Network), a repository and international journal for publishing scholarly research. The Canadian computer scientist has continued to rage on about being Satoshi Nakamoto. However, he is yet to provide any proof of his claims and has only resorted to bullying anyone who refutes him in public.

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