Bitcoin Whitepaper Returns to Website After Wright’s Loss in Court


In a new development, Bitcoin (BTC) Whitepaper has returned to the website. This comes a few weeks after Craig Wright’s unsuccessful court attempt to prove he is the protocol’s pseudonymous creator Satoshi Nakamoto. 

Wright Sues COPA Over Copyright Infringement 

Crypto Open Patent Alliance (‘COPA’), the anonymous group running the website, was forced to take down the whitepaper in 2021 following a court case with Wright. 

The self-acclaimed Satoshi Nakamoto devised different strategies to show that he is the one behind the flagship cryptocurrency, including laying claims to writing the Bitcoin whitepaper. His case with COPA was on the basis of copyright infringement. 

However, the court decided that the Australian computer scientist’s claims no longer held any weight, citing that any claims he actually wrote the whitepaper were spectacularly proven wrong. The website consequently received permission to re-upload the PDF. On Friday, maintainer Hennadii Stepanov took to X to announce the return of the Bitcoin whitepaper, adding a direct link to the document. 

Bitcoin Whitepaper: COPA Refuses to Compromise Anonymity 

It is worth noting that Wright’s lawsuit against COPA attempted to compromise the anonymity of the group considering that they were required to attend court hearings. Since the group was not willing to reveal its identity and refused to show up in court, Wright automatically won the case, causing COPA to pay £35,000 ($40,100) of Wright’s legal fees.

While the bloc restricted UK-based users’ access to the whitepaper, a massive number of publishers decided to share it together in an act of protest. 

Court Freeze Wright’s £6B to Prevent Asset Dissipation 

A few months ago, a UK court presided by Judge James Mellor, granted a worldwide freezing order (‘WFO’) for £6 million on an application brought by the COPA against Wright. 

This was after Wright attempted to transfer shares of his RCJBR Holding Company to a Singapore-based entity dubbed DeMorgan. His move was considered suspicious, particularly in terms of potential asset dissipation.

Keeping the funds onshore was necessary to ensure that approximately £6.7 million in costs associated with the legal proceedings are covered. 

Meanwhile, the true identity of the founder of Bitcoin remains unknown. There are speculations that Satoshi Nakamoto could actually be a collective entity. The use of both “we” and “I” in the Bitcoin white paper underscores this stance.

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