|Key People||Satoshi Nakamoto, Cobra, Theymos (GitHub screen names)|
Bitcoin.org is the name and the address of a website that promotes the use and development of bitcoin.
Bitcoin.org was established by Satoshi Nakamoto around the time he published the bitcoin white paper in 2008. According to the bitcoin.org website, Nakamoto gave the domain to people other than bitcoin developers in order to distribute responsibility and reduce the risk of any person or group gaining control over the bitcoin project.
Control of the domain became controversial in the bitcoin community, reportedly spilling into a public debate on GitHub in July 2018. Two of the early acolytes of Nakamoto named Cobra and Theymos seem to be the main proprietors of the site. While expressing conspiracy theories and promoting anarchic philosophies on social media, Cobra and Theymos's biggest offense to some bitcoin developers is that they express an insufficient contempt for Bitcoin Cash, which was spun off from bitcoin in the August 2017 hard fork.
In 2021 lawyers representing Craig Wright, the man who claimed to be Satoshi Nakamoto, sent a notice to Bitcoin.org demanding they take down a copy of Satoshi Nakamoto's original bitcoin whitepaper, claiming that Wright had the copyright for it, as well as Bitcoin.org itself. Bitcoin.org released a public statement on the matter, saying Wright's claims were "meritless," and that the white paper was included in bitcoin's original project files and published under the permissive and free MIT license by Satoshi Nakamoto. Bitcoin.org said that because of this, “there is no doubt” it had the legal right to host the white paper.