“We will continue to host the Bitcoin whitepaper and will not be silenced or intimidated.” Others who host the whitepaper should follow our lead to resist these false allegations. “
So said Bitcoin.org, an independent open source project designed to help Bitcoin development, in response to an attempt by nChain’s chief scientist Craig Wright to force the website to remove the copy of the Bitcoin white paper.
While Bitcoin was created by the pseudonymous Satashi Nakamoto, who has not yet been identified, Wright has repeatedly claimed that he is Satoshi, apparently trying to claim, contrary to the ethos of the founder, that he owns the copyright to Bitcoin’s intellectual property.
Wright, who is a major proponent of the rival cryptocurrency Bitcoin SV (for Satoshi’s vision), has now had his attorneys mail letters to several companies asking them to remove copies of the white paper from their websites, according to Bitcoin.org .
Wright is said to claim the copyright to the whitepaper, the title “Bitcoin” and the property of Bitcoin.org.
“We believe these claims are unfounded and we reject them [take down the paper]”Said the organization.
However, the operators of bitcoincore.org, the website of the Bitcoin Core development team for the cryptocurrency, have removed their copy of the paper, deleted references to it and, according to Bitcoin.org, merged the changes on GitHub.
“By handing it over in this way, the Bitcoin Core project has lent ammunition to the enemies of Bitcoin, self-censored and compromised their integrity,” the organization said.
The organization stated that the Bitcoin whitepaper was included in the original Bitcoin project files and the project was published under the legal and free MIT license from Satoshi Nakamoto. As such, Bitcoin.org said “there is no doubt” that it has the legal right to host the white paper.
“In addition, Satoshi Nakamoto has a well-known public PGP key. Therefore, someone can cryptographically verify themselves as Satoshi Nakamoto. Unfortunately, Craig wasn’t able to do that, ”adds the post.