CSW is the acronym for Craig Steven Wright, an Australian computer scientist who claims to be the real Satoshi Nakamoto; this person is currently claiming the copyright on the original document (Bitcoin white paper), in which the operation of the network is explained. This caused bitcoiners around the world to see the need to publish Satoshi Nakamoto’s white paper as a sign of protest. At the same time, institutions that defend cryptocurrencies and well-known developers of this industry decided to share the text in PDF format as a sign of protest.

Withdrawal of the white paper from the Bitcoin Core repository

One of the actions that have caused the most concern is that the Bitcoin white paper was removed from the Bitcoin Core repository under pressure from CSW, which was the first effective restriction on disseminating the white paper. Under the hashtag #BitcoinPdf on Twitter, many users reported the rise of the white paper, which also led some entities to join this initiative, such as Microstrategy, Coin Center, the Paradigm fund, the NYDIG firm, the startup Casa, in addition to the recognized developer Riccardo Spagni (better known as “Fluffy Pony”). On Twitter, a user identified as @mutatrum shared a line of code for people to download the document directly from the Bitcoin Blockchain network. Also, GitHub published information on how to perform such a procedure.

What is the Bitcoin white paper?

The Bitcoin white paper (Whitepaper) is a document on a decentralized system to carry out electronic transactions; its publication was made in 2008 by Satoshi Nakamoto; in the document, the operation of the Bitcoin network is described, in addition to establishing the bases of blockchain technology.

CSW pressures

The pressure from Craig Steven Wright (CSW) on Bitcoin Core (main client of the protocol) has been constant and also fell on the website Bitcoin.org, according to information from @CobraBitcoin (who is the administrator of that page). CSW’s lawyers also gave a period of one month for the document to be removed from the website, a situation that has caused the tone of the dispute to rise.

The white paper was included in the original Bitcoin project archives, which was published under license from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) by its author (under the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto). This type of license from MIT is free software that allows you to make copies, share and modify the programming code at no cost. This type of behavior (allowing users to share and make copies) is common in projects intended to encourage innovation and reach a large number of developers.

CSW seeking vindication

Craig Steven Wright (CSW), for several years, claims that he is the real Satoshi Nakamoto, like other people as we mentioned above; however, CSW is the person who has taken the most “drastic” legal measures to claim such rights. For example, in 2019, he made a request to the US Copyright office, claiming the copyright on the Bitcoin white paper, which has caused several questions worldwide by the bitcoiner community, already that precisely the essence of how Bitcoin and blockchain technology work is the “non-dependence or control” of the network by a person, body, company or government.

The US Copyright office responded to CSW that its task is to verify that there are no inconsistencies in the request, and likewise that the established requirements are met; in this way, the office distanced itself from the problem by mention that the true authorship of the Bitcoin white paper could only be proven through a trial.

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