PRESS RELEASE: Pull ‘My’ Bitcoin Whitepaper Down Or Face Legal Wrath – Craig Wright Threatens

PRESS RELEASE: Pull ‘My’ Bitcoin Whitepaper Down Or Face Legal Wrath – Craig Wright Threatens
January 22, 2021
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Craig Wright has made headlines in the past and most cases, he has been controversial. In the latest incident, the Australian computer scientist who is also the self-proclaimed Satoshi Nakamoto issued legal threats against owners of two Bitcoin (BTC) sites. One site removed what he claims to be ‘his’ Bitcoin whitepaper but others have refused to give up that quickly.

According to a January 21 announcement , and received claims of copyright infringement from Wright’s lawyers. The counsel purportedly argued that Wright is the real Satoshi Nakamoto and hence was the rightful copyright holder of the bitcoin whitepaper. The counsel also said that Wright owned the bitcoin name and trademark and the two sites listed above.

The announcement read:

“Yesterday both and received allegations of copyright infringement of the Bitcoin whitepaper by lawyers representing Craig Steven Wright. In this letter, they claim Craig owns the copyright to the paper, the Bitcoin name, and ownership of They also claim he is Satoshi Nakamoto, the pseudonymous creator of Bitcoin, and the original owner of and were both asked to take down the whitepaper. We believe these claims are without merit and refuse to do so.”

Targeted Sites Resist

The owner of, a developer known as Cobra , has refused to be intimidated by the threat of what they have termed as false allegations. On the other hand, the owner and operator of has given up and thrown in the towel.

According to Cobra, acquiesced to the requests issued by Craig Wright’s lawyers almost instantly. Cobra’s statement read:

“Unfortunately, without consulting us, Bitcoin Core developers scrambled to remove the Bitcoin whitepaper from, in response to these allegations of copyright infringement, lending credence to these false claims.”

Cobra added that the local copy of the whitepaper that was hosted on was removed within two hours. He added a link to the Github modification which indicate that the change was made:

“The Bitcoin Core website was modified to remove references to the whitepaper, their local copy of the whitepaper PDF was deleted, and with less than 2 hours of public review, this change was merged .”

Strangely, all references to the Bitcoin whitepaper have now been deleted from the website. Cobra said that this act of self-censorship may give credence to the notion that Wright’s claims are authentic:

“By surrendering in this way, the Bitcoin Core project has lent ammunition to Bitcoin’s enemies, engaged in self-censorship, and compromised its integrity. This surrender will no doubt be weaponized to make new false claims, like that the Bitcoin Core developers ‘know’ CSW to be Satoshi Nakamoto and this is why they acted in this way.”

It is Not Worth The Trouble

Wladimir J. van der Laan (@orionwl on Twitter), the current maintainer of the Bitcoin code and owner of responded swiftly. He told his Twitter audience that this matter was not a hill worth fighting for:

“So let this be clear: I’m happy to maintain the bitcoin core code, but I will not personally be a martyr for bitcoin, it’s up to you as bitcoiners to protect it.”

Wright has brought up multiple lawsuits in the past against many figures in the crypto community for in some way rejecting the idea that he is Satoshi Nakamoto, and the real proprietor of bitcoin. None of these cases have been settled in his favor so far.

Van der Laan seemed to suggest that the easiest course of action was to play ball with Wright’s legal team. He also said that his focus remains primarily on the Bitcoin system tweeting :

“This thing is about decentralization and distributed systems, not personal macho posturing, I have no interest in that and definitely don’t get paid enough to do so.”

Cobra ended his statement on by reiterating the open-source status of the MIT license under which Bitcoin and its whitepaper were published, saying:

“The Bitcoin whitepaper was included in the original Bitcoin project files with the project clearly published under the MIT license by Satoshi Nakamoto. We believe there is no doubt we have the legal right to host the Bitcoin whitepaper.”

Cobra insisted that the Bitcoin whitepaper will remain published on and hopes other sites will also resist Craig Wright’s attempts at intimidation.

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