The recent half-year-old dispute over the copyright of the Bitcoin white paper has come to an end in the UK, but the outcome is embarrassing. An Australian entrepreneur Craig Steven Wrigh, who claims to be Satoshi Nakamoto (abbreviated as Satoshi Aomoto) and Cobra, the owner of the bitcoin.org website, have filed a copyright lawsuit on the Bitcoin white paper in a British court. The result is that Satoshi Aomoto won For the copyright of the Bitcoin white paper, the bitcoin.org website must remove the custody of the Bitcoin white paper, and Cobra also took action to suspend the download and use of the white paper and bitcoin core software by users in the UK.
The white paper really cannot be downloaded?
One thing worth noting is that after the news was forwarded and spread through the Internet, most of the domestic newsletters have changed, which has caused ambiguities among users.
The content of the domestic media’s newsletter was that bitcoin.org deleted the BTC white paper, but after the author’s test, the white paper can still be downloaded normally (https://bitcoin.org/bitcoin.pdf), and the source of this information is u.today After visiting, I saw that this message was indeed displayed. The original content is as follows:
The author of the news, Yuri Molchan, is a reporter in the currency circle. According to the translation, the Bitcoin white paper and Bitcoin core software are actually restricted to download by users in the UK, which means that there is no restriction in other countries. Therefore, other countries except the UK can be downloaded and disseminated normally, and because of machine translation, the content has been misunderstood.
Bitcoin white paper copyright dispute
In fact, the main reason for this lawsuit is that Satoshi Aomoto has always wanted to prove that he is Satoshi Nakamoto through various means, but because of his insufficient evidence, he did not directly use the address of the Bitcoin genesis block for signature verification. Instead, it used an unconvincing way to explain its legitimacy, which was ridiculed by the currency circle, which also included Cobra, the current holder of the bitcoin.org domain name. Before, no one in the currency circle specifically claimed the copyright of the Bitcoin white paper. In 19 years, Satoshi Oben submitted the copyright of the Bitcoin white paper to the United States Copyright Office for the first time, and it was approved, which attracted everyone’s attention. . It should be noted here that anyone in the United States can submit their own name on the copyright, as long as they pay a certain fee.
After Satoshi Oban submitted the copyright registration of the Bitcoin white paper in the United States, Liu Wei, the CEO of Marvelous Peach Capital, also submitted the copyright of the Bitcoin by submitting the copyright registration. This also shows that anyone in the United States can submit the Bitcoin copyright. There is no threshold for the copyright registration of the coin white paper.
But even so, Satoshi Aoben can use this method to file a lawsuit in other countries to prove that he owns the copyright of the work , such as asking bitcoin.org to delete the custody of the white paper. This case also attracted the attention of the market at the beginning of 2021. Many cryptocurrency websites have uploaded the original documents of the Bitcoin white paper on their sites. Cobra Cobra of Bitcoin.org also made it clear at the time that it would never delete the Bitcoin white paper on the website. However, due to the failure of this lawsuit, Cobra was reluctant to block British users from downloading the white paper (due to the limited conditions, the author has not yet confirmed whether the British IP can be downloaded normally, and qualified users are welcome to try and feedback).
The significance of the white paper copyright incident
In the past, no one in the currency circle paid much attention to the copyright of the Bitcoin white paper, and Satoshi Ao Ben was the first to propose copyright, which caused aversion in the currency circle. However, from a legal point of view, copyright is very important. However, at present, users in other countries have no influence on this case except for the United Kingdom, that is, people in other countries may not recognize the verdict of this case.
Of course, for countries that have had judicial mutual recognition with the United Kingdom, Satoshi Aoben may also require the websites of some countries to stop disseminating the Bitcoin white paper through the results of this case. Therefore, this matter is still a relatively large blow to the currency circle. Of course, the actual processing may be more troublesome, and it may take a certain amount of time.
The copyright of the Bitcoin white paper is actually very important. It is not just a pdf file, or who is Satoshi Nakamoto, but also affects the publication of papers in the blockchain academia, especially scholars in the blockchain field in the United Kingdom. At present, most of the blockchain-related papers published in academic journals basically quote the Bitcoin white paper at the end of the article , and the citation requires the author to mark the source of the article. At present, most of the paper conventions are to mark the source of the Bitcoin white paper as the address of bitcoin.org, which is also publicly recognized by academia. If this is overturned because of a lawsuit, the consequences may be unimaginable. Of course, it is still unclear what measures related journals such as IET (a well-known blockchain-related academic journal) will take to solve this problem. Because generally such journals need to be peer reviewed, and review experts will also come from different countries, it may invisibly reduce the number of citations of related paper authors using Bitcoin white papers.
Another thing we need to pay attention to is that users in the UK cannot download the bitcoin core software for the time being. There is no doubt that this will directly affect the bitcoin full nodes running in the UK. In theory, it will also have a certain impact on the bitcoin network.
Finally, I have to say that the judgment of this lawsuit seems to be relatively small to the currency circle, but if Satoshi Aomoto uses this method to follow the law in other countries, it will also cause a certain amount of confusion. For this kind of behavior, I have to say that Satoshi Ao Ben has successfully pushed himself to the opposite of all users in the currency circle, and his behavior is only to promote his so-called “real Bitcoin” BSV. The author personally believes that we should resolutely stop such behaviors that disrupt the industry and maintain the normal development of the industry is what each of us needs to pay attention to.
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