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Bitcoin Core Devs Remove BTC Whitepaper on Demands of Craig Wright Contrary to Earlier Reports

Thu, 01/21/2021 - 10:23
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Yuri Molchan
BTC whitepaper has been taken down from Bitcoincore by developers on demands of CSW, while Cobra refused to do so earlier on, here’s why
Bitcoin Core Devs Remove BTC Whitepaper on Demands of Craig Wright Contrary to Earlier Reports
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The pseudonymous owner of the website has published a blog post saying that, without consulting him, Bitcoin Core developers have removed the Bitcoin whitepaper from the website despite the objections he sent to Craig Wright's (CSW) lawyers earlier.

Self-proclaimed Satoshi, CSW, wins this battle

On Jan. 20, the lawyer of the self-proclaimed Satoshi Nakamoto, Craig Wright, sent copyright allegations to the and sites owned by someone known as Cobra, demanding that the Bitcoin whitepaper written and released by Satoshi on Oct. 31, 2008, be taken down.

The lawyers also claimed that Craig Wright owns domain.

Cobra refused to take down the whitepaper, "Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System," from

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Bitcoin Core devs yield to CSW's demands

Yet, Cobra has written that, without consulting him, some Bitcoin Core devs have yielded to the allegations of Wright's lawyers and taken down the BTC whitepaper from their website.

They have modified the Bitcoin Core site to remove all the references to the document and have deleted that local PDF copy of it.

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Cobra wrote that the BTC Core project devs have surrendered to Bitcoin's foes, and this is likely to prompt false new claims emerging from Craig Wright in the future.

Wladimir van der Laan removes the BTC whitepaper

The Bitcoin Core dev who was criticized by Cobra is none other than Wladimir J. van der Laanthe lead maintainer of the Bitcoin repository on GitHub.

After the BTC lead developer, Gavin Andresen, stepped down from maintaining control of the Bitcoin Core GitHub repository, Laan took over.

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Yuri is a crypto journalist interested in technology and technical innovations. He has been in crypto since 2017. Believes that blockchain and cryptocurrencies have a potential to transform the world in the future in many of its aspects. ‘Hodls’ major cryptocurrencies and has written for multiple crypto media outlets. 

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