Craig Wright Wins Bitcoin White Paper Lawsuit


Craig Wright has won Bitcoin white paper lawsuit against ‘Cøbra’, the pseudonymous operator and publisher of the bitcoin.org website.

June 28, 2021, | AtoZ MarketsLondon’s High Court today ruled in favor of the self-proclaimed creator of Bitcoin, Craig Wright, in a case against the owner of the Bitcoin.org website under the pseudonym Cobra. This was reported by the law firm Ontier.

According to the notice, on June 28, a judge barred the defendant from infringing on Wright’s copyright in the UK “either by allowing the white paper to be downloaded from the Bitcoin.org website or by any other means.”

Cobra must post a copy of the decision on its website within six months.

The court also ordered an investigation to establish the damage caused by the infringement of Wright’s copyright in the UK, as well as to recover from Cobra compensation for legal costs,” – said in the message.

The latter amounted to £35,000 (about $48,600), according to Decrypt.

The hearing was conducted remotely. The defendant was present at the hearing but refused to make statements in order to maintain anonymity, in connection with which the court made a default decision.

In 2019, Wright took over the copyright for the white paper and Bitcoin source code. Later, the US Copyright Office clarified that they did not recognize him as Satoshi Nakamoto, the creator of digital gold.

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As a reminder, in January 2021, Wright accused Bitcoin.org and Bitcoincore.org of copyright infringement and demanded that the white paper be removed. Cobra refused to take this step. He later reported  death threats  from a person “associated with the Bitcoin SV community.”

With a similar requirement, Ontier lawyers turned to the payment company Square, on whose website a  copy of the document is posted. In February, the Cryptocurrency Open Patent Alliance (COPA) demanded that Wright clarifies on what basis he claims the copyright for the white paper.

Read also: Kleiman v. Wright Bitcoin Inventor Trial Postponed to November 2021

In April, the alliance filed a lawsuit against the self-proclaimed creator of Bitcoin. Representatives of COPA demanded to admit that the defendant had nothing to do with the writing of the document.

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