The bitcoin whitepaper (BTC) possession drama that is unfolding could well go to court after both sides of the dispute told Cointelegraph that they were ready to “go all the way.”
On January 21st, the owners of two Bitcoin websites were threatened with legal action by lawyers representing Craig Wright, the man who claims to be Bitcoin inventor Satoshi Nakamoto. Wright claims to be the original copyright owner of the Bitcoin whitepaper and urged both sites to remove their locally hosted copies of the document if legal action is threatened.
One website, Bitcoincore.org, has since removed the whitepaper, arguing that getting involved in a costly legal battle with the litigious Wright would do little and is not a hill to die on.
However, the owner of Bitcoin.org, who was also targeted by Wright, has so far refused to remove the white paper and has stated that it has no intention of doing so.
The pseudonymous developer named Cobra spoke exclusively to Cointelegraph and said he was ready to defend himself in court if legal proceedings were initiated against him.
“No legal proceedings have actually started, but we are ready to go all the way and defend ourselves if it matters.”
CoinGeek’s Ed Pownall, who has spoken on behalf of Craig Wright in the past, told Cointelegraph that Cobra and others who refused had 4 options:
- “”Don’t answer or do nothing: this will result in Craig opening a lawsuit against you for copyright infringement. “
- “”Answer our letters and tell us where to go: as above “
- “Reply to our letters telling us that you are removing the WP / Publications of the WP from your websites and they are actually doing so: no action against you”
- “Do not reply to our letters, but remove the WP / WP publications from your websites: according to 3”
When Cobra received this 4-point ultimatum from Wright’s team, he reacted bluntly and appeared to signal a preference for Option 1. He said:
“Seems like I thought and we just won’t answer, damn it.”
Pownall said that should Cobra fail to respond to legal proceedings, Wright’s attorney would be willing to seek default judgment in the courts if a defendant who fails to respond or fails to offer a defense is tried without trial.
In 2019, Wright attempted to sue the creator of Ethereum (ETH), Vitalik Buterin, for defamation after Buterin ridiculed Wright’s claim of being Satoshi Nakamoto, calling him a fraud. In this case, Buterin just didn’t reply to the letter and the deadline eventually expired.
Wright has previously filed lawsuits against numerous personalities in the cryptocurrency space, including Bitcoin Podcaster, Peter McCormack, Bitcoin developer Adam Back, and Roger Ver, founders of Bitcoin.com – all with varying degrees of success.