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April 10, 2023

Possible Legal Battle Against Apple Over Bitcoin White Paper-What’s Going On?

Craig Wright, who calls himself the “self-proclaimed creator” of Bitcoin, has hinted at the possibility of a legal struggle against Apple over the company’s keeping of the Bitcoin white paper on its computers. Wright asserts that this storage violates copyright rules.

The answer “Yes” was given by the Australian computer scientist in response to a question posed by a Twitter user who questioned whether or not Apple may be “in breach of copyright” for storing the Bitcoin white paper on their computers.

Possible Legal Battle Against Apple Over Bitcoin White Paper-What’s Going On?

Wright has maintained for a long time that he is the person behind the fictitious identity of Bitcoin’s founder, Satoshi Nakamoto.

Since he was the one who built the first blockchain, the computer scientist has also asserted that his intellectual property rights have been violated by Bitcoin spin-offs that are generated from the cryptocurrency. He argues that these rights have been violated by Bitcoin clones.

In addition to that, he has initiated other legal proceedings about this issue.

Back in 2021, Wright initiated legal action against the Bitcoin.org website, asserting that the publication of a copy of the Bitcoin white paper on the website infringes upon copyright laws and demanding that the document be deleted from the website.

At the time, he was successful in obtaining a default judgment against Cobra, the operator of the Bitcoin.org website, based on a technicality. This was due to the fact that Cobra refused to testify in a British court hearing under his real name or deliver oral testimony that would compromise his pseudonymity.

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A recent decision made by a judge in the United Kingdom, on the other hand, went against Wright’s claims and stated that copyright law could not be applied to anything whose subject matter is not expressed or fixed somewhere. Wright’s claims were rejected.

Wright’s assertions that he is the inventor of Bitcoin have long been met with scepticism in the cryptocurrency industry, and he has been subjected to legal challenges in the past because of these assertions.

In 2022, he filed a lawsuit against the cryptocurrency exchanges Coinbase and Kraken, alleging that they had falsely represented “Bitcoin Core” as being the same thing as Bitcoin. Wright has maintained that his Bitcoin Satoshi Vision constitutes the true Bitcoin. (BSV).

In addition, Wright has filed lawsuits against 15 developers in order to obtain 111,000 BTC, which is currently worth $2.5 billion. This appeal has been granted permission to proceed to trial by Judge Colin Birss of the London Court of Appeals.

Apple’s current version of macOS stores the Bitcoin White Paper.

This past week, it became public knowledge that the Bitcoin white paper is included in all up-to-date versions of the operating system that powers Macintosh computers manufactured by Apple.

A PDF of the Bitcoin white paper has “apparently shipped with every copy of macOS since Mojave in 2018,” as stated in a blog post written by a technologist by the name of Andy Baio on April 5.

On computers running the MacOS operating system, a user only needs to enter a single command into the Terminal in order to retrieve a copy of the Bitcoin white paper.

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Apple has a well-documented history of concealing data on its products with the intention of challenging customers to find them.

For example, the video game “Monty Python’s Complete Waste of Time” was once buried on Apple’s very first CD-ROM, and the multinational technology corporation refused to acknowledge the existence of this fact even after it was brought to their attention.

The Bitcoin white paper was first distributed online in 2008 by whoever or whatever group was behind the fictitious identity of Satoshi Nakamoto.

Even though the author(s) of the text are still unknown, it has been republished several times and is widely regarded as a foundational piece of work in the annals of the history of cryptocurrencies.

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