LONDON (Bywire News) – Bitcoin.org has been ordered to remove its copy of the Bitcoin whitepaper from its website after failing to defend itself in court. Since its founder, who operates under the pseudonym Cobra, did not show up, the judge said he had no choice but to sue the website.
The case revolves around a lawsuit for copyright infringement brought by nChain chief scientist Dr. Craig Wright, who claims to be Bitcoin founder Satoshi Nakamoto. He claimed that while he did not want to restrict access to “his” white paper, he did not advocate its use by proponents of “alternative assets”. These, he claims, do not correspond to Bitcoin’s vision, Satoshi’s vision.
Bitcoin.org has called the claims unfounded and has refused to take them back. They condemned Wright’s actions, saying his attempts to threaten these circulated copies of the white paper were contrary to the spirit of Bitcoin.
However, when the going got tough, Cobra did not show up to defend himself in court. In a conversation with CoinDesk on Twitter, he defended his non-participation for data protection reasons.
“Unfortunately, the court order allowed me to be sued under a pseudonym, but I could not defend myself under a pseudonym,” he said. “So I was placed in an impossible situation of losing my privacy or losing the case by default. It sucks, but I really couldn’t have done anything more. “
His absence left the court no choice. It has instructed Bitcoin.org to remove the whitepaper from its website and post a copy of the order. An investigation is underway to determine the damage Cobra has caused against Wright.
Written by Tom Cropper, adapted by Michael O’Sullivan