Dr. Craig Wright has issued a strong warning to the BTC Core (BTC) and BCH communities: stop using my work as your own, or face legal consequences. He added that this year he intends to take “charge and control” of the system he created, and is ready to fight for that right.
The BTC and BCH networks may also be operating in violation of several criminal codes, he added, under the terms of Bitcoin’s original EULA and MIT License.
Wright means business
In a detailed post on his personal blog, Dr. Wright laid out the legal rationale behind his opinion, and reminded all that Bitcoin is not a system designed to avoid government. It began on an ominous note to his opponents:
Those involved with the copied systems that are passing themselves off as Bitcoin, namely BTC or CoreCoin and BCH or BCash, are hereby put on notice. Please trust me when I say that I’m far nicer before the lawyers get involved.
He and others close to Bitcoin development are in the process of moving their “trust and related companies” to U.K. residency status. “Senior partners within Core and ABC” reside either in the U.K. or the European Union, he said, putting them within jurisdictional reach.
Dr. Wright has made several threats in the past to take legal action against those who’ve hijacked the Bitcoin project to suit their own ends and business models.
However two things are different in 2020: One, Bitcoin v1.0.0 is activated, locking the protocol in its original form with the capacity to scale to global proportions. Two, it’s possible he may have received information vital to proving his claim to have created Bitcoin under the Satoshi Nakamoto pseudonym.