Craig Wright Wins Lawsuit Forcing Bitcoin.Org to Pull Bitcoin’s Whitepaper
- Self-proclaimed Satoshi, Craig Wright won a decisive lawsuit against Bitcoin.org on Monday.
- The summary judgment means that the Bitcoin.org creator, Cøbra, will have to take down the Bitcoin whitepaper on his site.
- Cøbra claims the lawsuit is reason enough why Bitcoin is needed.
After a year of lawsuits and court battles, Craig Wright, the self-proclaimed creator of Bitcoin, has finally had a small victory, beating Bitcoin.org in a whitepaper lawsuit on Monday. In a summary judgment by Judge Hodge QC, sitting as a Judge of the Chancery Division, Bitcoin.org creator, alias Cøbra, will have to pull down the Bitcoin whitepaper from its website and publish a copy the Court’s order on its website for at least 6 months.
By default, Craig Wright won the lawsuit after Cøbra chose not to mount a defense claiming it “is nonsense to fight with Craig” over Bitcoin’s whitepaper. ONTIER, the legal service provider for Wright, has previously claimed that they sent Bitcoin.org emails requesting they take down Bitcoin’s whitepaper from their website as it is “infringing Dr. Wright’s copyright.”
Additionally, Cøbra was also asked to pay Wright’s lawyer fees estimated to amount to £35,000, or $46,800.
Wright and his representative legal team accused Cøbra of using the whitepaper to raise funds for Bitcoin development with no accountability to the funds.
“Dr. Wright does not wish to restrict access to his White Paper,” wrote Ontier senior associate Simon Cohen on the ruling.
“However, he does not agree that it should be used by supporters and developers of alternative assets, such as Bitcoin Core, to promote or otherwise misrepresent those assets as being Bitcoin given that they do not support or align with the vision for Bitcoin as he set out in his White Paper.”
“Best advertisement for Bitcoin”
Shortly after the ruling, Cøbra took to Twitter to respond, claiming we are in a “system where ‘justice' depends on who's got the bigger wallet,” reflecting on Craig Wright’s win. Cøbra is a pseudonymous account, and questions were raised on whether he will follow the court’s ruling.
“If I refuse to comply with the order, it’s probable [that] UK ISP’s will be ordered to block [Bitcoin.org] for copyright infringement.”
In another tweet, Cøbra agreed to pay the fines (in Bitcoin) if Wright could provide an “early address,” presumably Satoshi’s. Trolling Wright’s team, Cøbra, wrote,
Happy to pay Craig his costs for the Bitcoin whitepaper case.
How does a BTC payment to the address associated with block #9 sound? https://t.co/dxMWIrnkGx
— Cøbra (@CobraBitcoin) June 28, 2021
Cøbra further tweeted that the court’s ruling was reason enough to have Bitcoin created to decentralize control from those with ‘big wallets”. Calling Wright “a notorious liar” for repeatedly claiming he is Satoshi, he stated the current system would be better off if replaced by “rules enforced by cryptography.”
“I don't think you could get a better advertisement of *why* Bitcoin is necessary than what happened today,” Cøbra tweeted.
“Rules enforced through cryptography are far more superior to rules based on whoever can spend hundreds of thousands of dollars in court.”
The fight started in January this year when Wright’s legal team sent letters asking bitcoin.org, bitcoin.com, and bitcoincore.org to remove the Bitcoin whitepaper from their websites citing intellectual property infringement laws.