Bitcoin Whitepaper Unearthed on Apple Computers, Prompting Removal and Copyright Controversy
AppleInsider has reported that a digital version of the original Bitcoin whitepaper, which had been concealed on Macintosh computers for more than five years, will not be included in an upcoming operating system update by Apple. The recent discovery of this PDF document gained widespread attention when it went viral three weeks ago, unveiling yet another Easter egg hidden by Apple or its employees over the years. Notably, this hidden document remained unnoticed by Apple's millions of users until 2020 when a designer shared it on Twitter, sparking a discussion thread in Apple's support forums in April 2021.
Craig Wright, who claims to be the creator of Bitcoin under the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto, has accused Apple of copyright infringement following the recent discovery of the original Bitcoin whitepaper on Macintosh computers. Wright had previously obtained a court order to have a copy of the paper removed from Bitcoin.org in 2021, but the website did not comply. Participants in Apple's Beta Software Program have revealed that the upcoming version 13.4 of MacOS Ventura does not include the whitepaper file, along with other bundled elements like a test driver for a virtual scanner. These files were hidden in system files and were not intended for discovery by regular users.