Craig Wright Beats In Whitepaper Lawsuit

Key Takeaways

  • Craig Wright has obtained a summary judgement as part of his copyright claim to the Bitcoin whitepaper.
  • Today’s judgement means Cøbra, the operator of, must take down the whitepaper and pay legal fees.
  • It remains to be seen whether Cøbra will comply with these orders.

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Craig Wright has obtained a summary judgment that affirms his claim to the Bitcoin whitepaper; the judgment also prohibits the defendant Cøbra from hosting the document on the website.

Craig Wright Wins Lawsuit

Wright initially filed a copyright claim to the Bitcoin whitepaper in May 2019. Later, in January 2020, Wright began to demand various whitepapers take down their copies of the whitepaper.

Case proceedings against Cøbra, the operator of, have been underway since February 2021.

Today, London’s High Court granted default judgment that case. This means that Cøbra will not be able to host the white paper on and must put up a notice about the judgement.

Cøbra will also need to cover the costs of the lawsuit to Wright “on account of Dr. Wright’s cost of the proceedings” (£35,000).

Coingeek, a company that is closely aligned with Craig Wright and his Bitcoin SV project, responded to the news by calling the outcome a “victory in Dr. Wright’s campaign to re-take the White Paper.”

The firm’s representatives previously criticized Cøbra for raising funds for the case and for refusing to reveal his identity.

Cøbra Responds

It remains to be seen if the legal judgement will be enforced. Cøbra noted: “If I refuse to comply with the order, it’s probable [that] UK ISP’s will be ordered to block [] for copyright infringement.”

Given that Cøbra’s identity is unknown, it may be difficult for Wright to collect a payment. Cøbra attended the hearing remotely but did not make any statements in order to remain anonymous.

On Twitter today, Cøbra sardonically suggested that he is “happy to pay” the costs that Wright demanded—to an early Bitcoin address that Wright probably does not own. “How does a BTC payment to the address associated with block #9 sound?” Cøbra wrote.

On the other hand, because Cøbra has collected donations for, he may be willing to cooperate and pay the legal fees.

Cøbra concluded by stating that it is “sad that liars abuse courts in this way, to shut down access to … material.” He added: “They will fail, because information wants to be free. ”

Will Other Sites Be Targeted?

It remains to be seen whether other sites will be targeted. took down its copy of the whitepaper earlier this year., however, continues to host the file.

The fact that Wright has successfully obtained a legal judgement in his favor does not mean that he actually created the paper. It is generally accepted that Craig Wright is not Bitcoin inventor Satoshi Nakamoto nor the author of the Bitcoin whitepaper.

Nevertheless, today’s outcome shows that Wright has sufficient legal clout to influence others in the cryptocurrency industry.

Disclaimer: At the time of writing this author held less than $75 of Bitcoin, Ethereum, and altcoins.


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Tagged : / / / Dismisses Craig Wright’s Lawsuit Threat for Hosting Bitcoin Whitepaper

Popular Bitcoin (BTC) contributor “Cobra” has dismissed Craig Wright’s calls for and to stop hosting the Bitcoin white paper. CSW has a history of taking legal action against notable figures in the Bitcoin space who dismiss his claims of being Satoshi. Unbothered as CSW Waves the Lawsuit Hammer Once Again

Craig S. Wright (CSW), who claims to be the Bitcoin (BTC) creator Satoshi Nakamoto, is once again threatening legal action while claiming ownership of everything Bitcoin-related. This time, the Australian computer scientist via his lawyers ordered two websites to cease displaying the Bitcoin whitepaper.

Responding to the threats, Cobra issued a blog on the website on Thursday (Jan. 21, 2021), saying:

“The Bitcoin whitepaper was included in the original Bitcoin project files with the project clearly published under the MIT license by Satoshi Nakamoto. We believe there is no doubt we have the legal right to host the Bitcoin whitepaper. Furthermore, Satoshi Nakamoto has a known PGP public key, therefore it is cryptographically possible for someone to verify themselves to be Satoshi Nakamoto. Unfortunately, Craig has been unable to do this. We will continue hosting the Bitcoin whitepaper and won’t be silenced or intimidated. Others hosting the whitepaper should follow our lead in resisting these false allegations.”

Cobra also expressed displeasure at for caving to CSW’s threats stating that such an action could lend significant credence to Wright’s claims of being Satoshi. Indeed, despite assurances to the contrary, deleted its local copy of the Bitcoin whitepaper on its website.

A cross-section of the Bitcoin and crypto space also responded to CSW’s threats stating that they would host the whitepaper on their respective platforms.

As previously reported by BTCManager, Wright filled a copyright claim for the Bitcoin whitepaper back in May 2019. At the time, the nChain chief scientist infamously dubbed “Faketoshi” by many in the industry threatened to use his copyright application as a tool for further enforcement action against those in dispute of his claims of being the BTC creator.

In February 2020, CSW also went on a crypto and blockchain patent application spree with plans to acquire 6,000 ownership rights over several aspects of the industry. Wright also stated that he would use those patents to put a stop to “splits, forks, and altcoin scams.”

In May 2020, an early Bitcoin miner signed a cryptographic message with addresses claimed by Wright to call CSW a liar and a fraud. Wright is also the subject of a long-running legal battle involving the Tulip Trust and the ownership of over 1.1 million BTC currently worth about $35.2 billion.

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Craig Wright Demands Bitcoin Websites Remove Whitepaper, Citing Copyright Infringement

Key Takeaways

  • and have received letters from Craig Steven Wright’s lawyers, according to a note posted by today.
  • The site says that Wright is making a copyright claim over the Bitcoin whitepaper and the Bitcoin name. He also claims to be Satoshi Nakamoto.
  • removed the whitepaper from their site yesterday, but hasn’t relented.

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Craig Wright is fighting to lay claim to the creation of Bitcoin yet again. This time, his lawyers have contacted and, alleging copyright infringement of the Bitcoin whitepaper. 

Craig Wright Claims Bitcoin Whitepaper, Again

Craig Steven Wright isn’t ready to give up the fight for Bitcoin ownership. 

Lawyers for the Australian businessman have contacted and alleging copyright infringement of the Bitcoin whitepaper, according to a note published by today. 

The note says that Wright is claiming ownership of the Bitcoin whitepaper, the Bitcoin name, and He also professes to be Satoshi Nakamoto. 

For years, Wright has claimed to be the identity behind the pseudonym, Satoshi Nakamoto. Rumors of his links to Nakamoto first surfaced in December 2015, when Wired ran a piece noting that Wright could be the mystery figure.

Other reports supported the theory. Wright then wrote a blog post stating that he was Nakamoto in 2016. He’s maintained that he is Satoshi Nakamoto and received support from early Bitcoiners like Gavin Andresen. In 2019, he filed claims for the whitepaper and Bitcoin code with the U.S. copyright office.

He’s also claimed ownership of several early Bitcoin addresses, including one linked to funds stolen from Mt. Gox in 2011. 

Nonetheless, many crypto enthusiasts remain skeptical.

As noted today, “Satoshi Nakamoto has a known PGP public key, therefore it is cryptographically possible for someone to verify themselves to be Satoshi Nakamoto.” Many of those who doubt the veracity of Wright’s claims say that he would be able to produce Nakamoto’s private key if he was Bitcoin’s creator. 

Contrasting Responses to Wright’s Letter took shots at Bitcoin Core developers for their reaction to the lawyer’s letter.

The website no longer lists the whitepaper. “Without consulting us, [they] scrambled to remove the whitepaper,” the note reads. It also suggests that such a reaction fuels Wright’s claims to be the true Satoshi Nakamoto. went on to say: 

“By surrendering in this way, the Bitcoin Core project has lent ammunition to Bitcoin’s enemies, engaged in self-censorship, and compromised its integrity.” 

Feuds have marred Bitcoin among its key insiders over the years. It’s what led to Bitcoin Cash’s creation, a fork of the original blockchain proposed by Roger Ver. Bitcoin Cash was later forked to create Bitcoin Satoshi Vision, a lesser-known derivative of Wright’s original crypto helmed. concluded the note, stating their intentions to leave the Bitcoin whitepaper listed, further questioning Wright’s claims.

“We will continue hosting the Bitcoin whitepaper and won’t be silenced or intimidated,” they said. “Others hosting the whitepaper should follow our lead in resisting these false allegations.” 

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