Craig Wright has won a legal battle against Bitcoin.org, won the right to host the Bitcoin whitepaper and received legal costs $48,600
Australian entrepreneur Craig Wright representation, Ontier LLP, said via a statement that Cobra, the pseudonymous creator of the Bitcoin.org website, has been ordered by London’s High Court to discontinue hosting its copy of the Bitcoin white paper.
Bitcoin.org must now remove the Bitcoin whitepaper, host a notice referring to the court’s judgment, and pay $48,600 to cover Wright’s legal costs | Source: Ontier
Craig Wright has won a legal battle for hosting the Bitcoin whitepaper
Bitcoin.org is an independent open source project to support the development of Bitcoin. The site and its creators have been embroiled in a handful of legal threats. Proceedings were issued on Feb. 24 of this year in the Intellectual Property List of the Business and Property Courts of England and Wales. In April, Wright was granted permission to serve Cobra and sought a declaration that he owns the copyright to the Bitcoin white paper, claiming Cobra was infringing his rights.
The self-proclaimed Satoshi Nakamoto and Bitcoin SV proponent, Craig Wright
Since at least the beginning of this year, the site has said that it believes Wright’s claims are “futile” and has refused to take down the article. However, with the current ruling, things are not in the favor of Bitcoin.org and Cobra.
Judge David Hodge QC issued an injunction banning Cobra from infringing on Wright’s copyright in the UK, by making the white paper accessible for download on the website or in any other way. Furthermore, the judge had no choice but to default because Cobra chose not to appear in the case.
Bitcoin.org was subsequently ordered to remove the whitepaper and display a notice referring to the judgment and cough up at least 35,000 GBP ($48,600) to cover Wright’s legal costs.
Facing this situation, Cobra finally took to Twitter to confirm the following:
All your fiat based assets are ultimately secured by the same legal system that today made it illegal for me to host the Bitcoin whitepaper because a notorious liar swore before a judge that he’s Satoshi. A system where ‘justice’ depends on who’s got the bigger wallet.
— Cøbra (@CobraBitcoin) June 28, 2021
Then, he added: “I don’t think you could get a better advertisement of *why* Bitcoin is necessary than what happened today. Rules enforced through cryptography are far more superior than rules based on whoever can spend hundreds of thousands of dollars in court.”
Wright purports to be Bitcoin’s creator Satoshi Nakamoto. Though the true identity of Nakamoto has never been revealed, Wright’s attempt to threaten those disseminating the white paper runs contrary to the spirit of Bitcoin.
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