Craig Wright returns to copyright strike the Bitcoin whitepaper
Self-styled Bitcoin creator Craig Wright has reportedly issued copyright strikes against sites hosting Satoshi Nakamoto’s whitepaper.
According to BSV mouthpiece CoinGeek, Wright wants to force operators of sites bitcoin.org, bitcoin.com, and bitcoincore.org to remove copies of Bitcoin’s whitepaper, which was first shared under an open MIT license usually reserved for code.
Wright’s latest beef likely stems from an adamant belief that their own crypto project Bitcoin Satoshi Vision (BSV) — a fork of a fork of Bitcoin — is the real Bitcoin.
Wright’s letters supposedly claim he doesn’t consent to the publication of “his whitepaper by them,” wrote CoinGeek, before noting Bitcoin’s whitepaper is readily available on Wright’s personal blog instead.
So, Wright would apparently prefer popular Bitcoin sites to stop referring to Bitcoin as Bitcoin, and instead name his smaller crypto BSV as the real deal in promotional materials.
However, Wright’s version is riddled with spelling errors and other subtle edits. Even the title is misspelled and has extra spaces (“Bitcoin: A Peer-to-eer Electronic Cash System”).
Still, Wright’s letters reportedly follow civil procedure protocols for intellectual property claims.
For those unfamiliar with Wright, the move aligns with his previous legal endeavours.
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In 2019, Wright leveraged UK libel laws in an attempt to silence a popular Twitter-based astronaut cat who disputed his claim to the Nakamoto moniker, among others.
Not to mention, he’s embroiled legal battle in the US with the estate of late computer expert Dave Kleiman, which also hinges on Wright’s supposed claim to Nakamoto’s 1 million BTC stash, worth $34 billion at today’s prices.