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Craig Wright lands in fresh controversy over plagiarism issue

Blockchain researcher Craig Wright has come up in defense of his papers and writings, reported bitcoin.com. He was accused of plagiarism for copying his research. The crypto community came to this conclusion as they have not been cited.  Wright has always been a controversial figure and recently, even the Ethereum founder has taken a stand against him.

Craig Wright leads Nchain based Research Company, a block with Jimmy Nguyen. The firm is popular for filling numerous patents and was recently given the rights of blockchain-enforced smart contracts by the European Patent Office. On the other hand, critics have questioned the authenticity of some original work of Dr. Wright.

Wright was praised for “The Fallacy of Selfish Mining: A Mathematical Critique” but Peter Rizun, chief scientist Bitcoin Unlimited, spotted the alleged plagiarism. The white paper concentrates on the gambling system but never mentions about the paper it took information from, i.e., “A strong limit theorem on gambling systems” published by Wen Liu and Jinting Wang in 2003.

He twitted, “This is a more obvious example of what @proffaustus did in this paper:

Where he copied a proof from Liu & Wang about a _different problem_ and then changed the wording to make it appear to apply to selfish mining.”

In defense of his works, Wright claimed that a “professional academic editing company” inspects citations and sources.  He wrote on his twitter handle, “So. You have heard it from the horse’s mouth; I don’t check all my grammar and citations in my draft as… When they go to publication, they are sent to a professional academic editing company who does this for me. Drafts are drafts.” It is not the first time a whitepaper has been accused of plagiarism in crypto space as Tron and Dadi were charged with Ctrl+ V allegations as well.

The recently awarded patent by Wright also faced accusations form Omni blockchain’s developer. It claims that Counterparty and Omni were the original users of embedding data in public keys. In response, Wright invoked the Streisand Effect by saying that his critics have helped him to reach a wider audience than he would have otherwise reached.

He tweeted, “The interesting thing on not having a citation on a draft that is read by a group seeking anything to discredit me… Many mathematicians and game theorists who would never have bothered with something like selfish mining now see the paper. Controversy can be effective.”

According to news published in thenextweb.com, Vitalik Buterin, Co-founder Ethereum, called Wright a fraud at Deconomy conference in Seoul.  He also challenged the notion of allowing people with dubious credentials to speak at respectable platforms.

Wright has often regarded himself as Satoshi Nakamoto, the creator of blockchain technology. Many people have defied his claims and see him as a poser who gains from popularity. If the allegations prove to be correct Wright will no longer have an impact on the crypto space.  The word is out, but allegations do not have a long life, and Wright might just dodge the attacks altogether.

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Solomon Kingsley

Soloman got involved with Bitcoin while studying his Masters in Finance. Since then, he has been writing blogs relating to the cryptocurrencies and latest news relating to the same. Now he has joined this platform to take his passion a step ahead.