The Bitcoin Core software can no longer be downloaded from Bitcoin.org if you visit the website with an Internet Protocol (IP) address in the United Kingdom. a Notice The website reads: “This software is not currently available for download in the UK, download links will not work if you are located within the UK.”
In fact, trying to continue downloading Bitcoin (BTC) software from the site with a UK IP address returns a ‘404 error’.
Detailing why access to the software download is being blocked for visitors to the UK site, Bitcoin.org pseudonym Cøbra replied to a tweet Mentionsed:
“The white paper is in the blockchain and can be retrieved through the software. I am not allowed to distribute the white paper on bitcoin.org, or “any other way”. We have to follow the law.”
The white paper is on the blockchain and can be retrieved through the software. I am not allowed to hand out the white paper to https://t.co/1dtx7wYjP2, or “in any other way”. We have to follow the law.
– Cobra (CobraBitcoin) 2 July 2021
As previously reported by Cointelegraph, a A British court has ruled in favor of self-proclaimed Bitcoin creator Craig Wright In a copyright infringement case against Cøbra and Bitcoin.org for hosting the Bitcoin white paper.
However, the default judgment was only because Cobra chose not to raise a defense. As part of the ruling, Cobra was also instructed to cover Wright’s legal fees in the amount of £35,000 (about $48,600).
The verdict is Wright’s latest attack on people who oppose his claim to be Bitcoin creator Satoshi Nakamoto. in january, Wright student That Bitcoin.org, Bitcoin.com, and Bitcoincore.org are removing copies of the Bitcoin white paper from their websites.
Wright continues to emphasize that the Bitcoin whitepaper is his intellectual property. Meanwhile, he remains a supporter of Bitcoin SV (BSV), a faction chain that broke off from Bitcoin Cash (BCH) which is itself another fork chain of Bitcoin.
The Bitcoin software download is still available at Bitcoincore.org, even for visitors with UK IP addresses at the time of writing.
In fact, geolocation of the download link on Bitcoin.org is unlikely to affect people interested in running Bitcoin Core in the country, given the multitude of solutions such as VPNs and other websites hosting the software.