Not only the white paper or white paper, but also the Bitcoin Core software is being blocked from the site bitcoin.org for UK residents. The fact comes days after a court in London ruled in favor of Craig Wright, who claims to be the author of the aforementioned technical paper. For this reason, Cøbra, the operator of the aforementioned website, was obliged to remove the text from its portal.
The news was spread today, July 2, by the bitcoiner identified as Glen Hodl, through his twitter account. The information can be corroborated when entering the website bitcoin.org in which the following warning has been posted :” This software is not currently available for download in the UK, and download links will not work if you are located within the UK.”
According to Cøbra, reason by which also removed the ability to download the software, is because the white paper bitcoin is also on the blockchain. According to your interpretation of the law, because the whitepaper could be downloaded through the software, then you can’t distribute it either. “We have to comply with the law,” said the anonymous developer.
[En caso de no cumplir la orden] the site in the UK will be blocked. The people associated with the company behind bitcoin.org they can also be imprisoned for up to 2 years if they visit the UK. This is not fun and games, this is the law.
Cøbra, Bitcoin developer
The white paper of discord
The property of white paper (white paper) has been the center of discord in recent days between Craig Wright, who calls himself its author and Cøbra, operator of bitcoin.org. A court intervened in the dispute and ruled in Wright’s favor. It was determined that the aforementioned website should remove the document from its portal, as reviewed by CriptoNoticias.
The hearing was held on 28 June in London virtually. Cøbra was “present ” in the room thanks to video call technology. However, in order to be able to testify orally, he was asked to formally identify himself, which the developer, who for years remains anonymous, refused to do on this occasion.
Bitcoiners were wondering what was going on
Before Cøbra indicated why he also removed Bitcoin Core software from his website, in addition to the document, some users wondered the reason for this action.
A Twitter user, identified as Max Trotter le ask to Adam Back, co-founder and CEO of Blockstream: “Any idea why this is being blocked in the UK?». The entrepreneur respond which is because, Cøbra probably did not consult a lawyer and is not interpreting the law correctly.
The bitcoiner identified as @ndeet, speculate that Cøbra may ” just want to draw attention to the implications of Faketoshi’s abuse on the British legal system.” Anyway, he was against that action and added:”to let the resolution of the white paper affect the download of the software is a bit suspicious, in my opinion”.
Another Twitter user he wondered “where and how geoblocking is being implemented.” “I use a small ISP and I don’t think they’ve been contacted directly. It seems like it’s happening at the DNS or national level and with very specific error messages,” he added.
It should be noted that, despite the blocking of access from UK IP, it is possible to download the white paper bitcoin through alternative solutionssuch as virtual private networks (VPNs) and other sites that host the software.