Code in the name of core developers behind Bitcoin, sold as NFT

Luke Dashjr, one of  the core developers behind Bitcoin recently took to Twitter to express his concerns regarding a NFT. He discovered that someone has created and sold an NFT featuring his code without his knowledge or consent. 

He clarified on social media that he was not involved in the creation or sale of the NFT and did not endorse it. This incident highlights the need for ethical practices and respect for intellectual property in the cryptocurrency community, as unauthorised use of someone’s name or code can be misleading and damaging to their reputation.

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Luke Dashjr

Luke Dashjr (born Luke-Jr) is a software developer and Bitcoin Core contributor. He is well known for his contributions to the Bitcoin ecosystem, particularly in the area of scaling solutions and network optimization.

Dashjr has been involved in the Bitcoin community since 2011, and has contributed to several open-source Bitcoin projects, including Bitcoin Core, Armory, and libbitcoin. He is also known for his advocacy of using the Bitcoin blockchain for non-monetary purposes, such as proof of existence and timestamping.

Dashjr is a vocal supporter of Bitcoin’s original vision of decentralised, peer-to-peer electronic cash, and is critical of some of the changes and developments that have been made in the Bitcoin ecosystem over the years. He is known for his conservative approach to development, and his reluctance to implement changes that he believes could compromise Bitcoin’s security or decentralisation.

In addition to his work on Bitcoin, Dashjr has also contributed to other open-source projects, including OpenBazaar, a decentralised marketplace, and Namecoin, a blockchain-based domain name system.


It’s unfortunate to hear that Luke Dashjr’s name and code were used without his consent to create and sell an NFT. It’s not uncommon for individuals to take advantage of someone’s reputation and work in the cryptocurrency industry to make a profit, and this situation highlights the need for greater protection and recognition for developers and their contributions to the ecosystem.

As one of the original core developers behind Bitcoin, Dashjr has made significant contributions to the development and growth of the network, and his work has been instrumental in establishing Bitcoin as a leading cryptocurrency. It’s important that developers like him are recognized and respected for their work, and that their contributions are not taken for granted or used without their consent.

Hopefully, situations like this will lead to greater awareness and recognition of the importance of protecting developers and their contributions in the cryptocurrency industry.


  1. Mark Beck Avatar
    Mark Beck

    Early last year, decentralized marketplace OpenSea reported that over 80% of NFTs minted using its tool were “plagiarized works, fake collections, and spam.”

    Dashjr was reportedly the unfortunate victim of a hack on the last day of 2022 that lost him “basically” all his BTC.

    Hackers gained access to his PGP (Pretty Good Privacy) key, a common security method that uses two keys to gain access to encrypted information.

  2. David Blake Avatar
    David Blake

    The incident highlights the issue of intellectual property in the world of blockchain and cryptocurrency. As the industry continues to grow and evolve, it is important for developers to protect their work and ensure that it is not misused for someone else’s financial gain. It also underscores the need for greater awareness and education on the part of buyers and sellers in the cryptocurrency market.

  3. Larry Colt Avatar
    Larry Colt

    The unauthorized use of Luke Dashjr’s code for an NFT sale highlights the importance of ethical practices and respect for intellectual property in the cryptocurrency industry. As a domain seller, we must protect the contributions of developers like Dashjr to ensure the growth and success of the ecosystem. The incident emphasizes the need for greater protection and recognition for developers and their work. We should promote ethical practices that prevent the unauthorized use of someone’s name or code, which can have a damaging impact on their reputation and contributions. We must support fair and respectful practices that recognize and value the contributions of developers to the industry.

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