Why So Many Websites Host Satoshi’s Bitcoin Whitepaper

The Bitcoin white paper was published by the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto exactly 14 years ago, on October 31, 2008. They shared the nine-page document under the MIT Permissive Free Software License available to everyone. However, last year a UK court forced a website to take it down for copyright infringement.

Australian entrepreneur Craig Wright has been claiming to be Satoshi since 2013. Although he has had many opportunities over the years to cryptographically verify this, Wright has chosen to launch his own crypto project – a fork of a Bitcoin fork appointed Bitcoin Satoshi’s Vision (BSV) – then insist this is the real bitcoin and sue everyone.

The polarizing character has announced that he will be taking legal action against any website that refused to stop hosting the Bitcoin whitepaper in February 2020. A few months later, Wright sued the pseudonym behind the educational portal Bitcoin.org, known as Cøbra, for copyright infringement.

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Cøbra initially decided to fight Wright in court, but did not attend the hearings in the UK in order to protect their anonymity. Cobra so lost the case by default and was ordered to pay Wright’s legal costs of £35,000 ($40,100).

“How a [Bitcoin payment] at the address associated with the sound of block #9? Cøbra replied via Twitter, referring to a block mined by Satoshi in 2009 (and therefore only accessible to the real deal).

Bitcoin.org has also been ordered to stop hosting the Bitcoin whitepaper to UK-based users. Instead, the URL now opens to a blank page with a sentence:

It takes advantage of the nature of information that is easy to spread but hard to suppress.

Satoshi Nakamoto

The lawsuit drew widespread protests from the crypto industry, which responded by host a copy of the white paper themselves. This includes the likes of Jameson Lopp, companies like Spiral, the crypto arm of Jack Dorsey’s Square, and governments like the WE, Estoniaand Colombia.

An anonymous Twitter user even compiled a list of over 100 websites which hosted the white paper. The creator told Protos it was their way of “fighting Wright’s nonsense.”

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Among other things, Wright also sued a Twitter user known as Hodlonaut in 2019 for defamation. The crypto-themed astronaut cat personality called Wright a fraud on Twitter.

They received an outpouring of public support, including donations of at least 52.69 bitcoins (worth $1 million at press time). Hodlonaute won the ensuing trial in Norway last week on the grounds that many media have doubted Wright’s Satoshi claims for years.

“The prevailing view in the media (including Gizmodo, 11 December 2015, BBC News, 2 May 2016, The Guardian, 3 May 2016 and GQ Magazine, 18 November 2016) has been, and is, that there is little probable that Wright is Satoshi Nakamoto. .”

Wright was ordered to pay the astrocat $348,257.

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