Bitcoin SV (Satoshi Vision) unveiled its new logo on the 10th birthday of bitcoin. Perhaps not surprisingly, BSV’s “new” logo looks suspiciously similar to that of bitcoin — the original cryptocurrency.
The pro-BSV bComm Association proudly trumpeted the announcement in a statement:
“The BSV logo is revealed on the 10th anniversary of the Bitcoin genesis block, to mark Bitcoin SV as rebirth of the original Bitcoin.”
NChain’s Jimmy Nguyen, the president of the bComm Association, said the BSV logo was selected after conducting three Twitter polls.
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“After too many years of wasteful diversions from the Satoshi Vision, we can now finally celebrate Bitcoin’s rebirth – unchained from experimental whims of developer teams who veered away from Satoshi’s original plan,” Nguyen said.
Cheap Imitation Knockoff
The new logo was promptly mocked by many on social media, who called it a “cheap imitation knockoff” of the original bitcoin.
Bravo, but has hints of cheap imitation knock off to it. I wonder why. pic.twitter.com/FsvNSurAQo
— KingOfAllShitcoins (@JinglesBTC) January 3, 2019
Wow. Amazing designer. I would never have got this idea.
— 𝙈𝙞𝙨𝙩𝙚𝙧𝙘𝙝0𝙘 (@MisterCh0c) January 3, 2019
Wow! That's awesome! What's that color? Yellow!? Radical! Looks almost nothing like anything we've ever seen before! Wait…
— etherbalance (@etherbalance) January 3, 2019
It's BitcoinCashsv!! Quit calling it Bitcoin and trying to scam people!!
— CryptoefiL (@cryptoefil) January 3, 2019
The uncanny similarities between Bitcoin SV’s logo and Bitcoin’s is reminiscent of the controversy that erupted when Bitcoin.com CEO Roger Ver was almost sued by a group of crypto enthusiasts in April 2018.
The group claimed that Ver intentionally misled novice investors by exploiting their confusion between bitcoin and Bitcoin Cash, which forked off the original cryptocurrency in August 2017.
Critics: Ver Committed ‘Consumer Fraud’
Ver — a polarizing figure who has been dubbed both “Bitcoin Jesus” and “Bitcoin Judas” — previously backed the original bitcoin, but later became an advocate of its derivative, Bitcoin Cash.
Ver is now a backer of Bitcoin ABC (Adjustable Blocksize Cap), which forked off Bitcoin Cash in November 2018.
Ver has been accused of deliberately misusing the “bitcoin” name on his website Bitcoin.com — a hub that sells bitcoin and bitcoin cash — to con gullible investors into buying the wrong bitcoin.
In February 2018, attorney Misha Guttentag urged crypto exchange Coinbase to stop selling Bitcoin Cash, saying its then-backer, Roger Ver, was a scam artist committing “consumer fraud.”
“Bitcoin Cash (BCH) is marketing itself as Bitcoin (BTC), scamming consumers into thinking they are buying Bitcoin at a lower price,” Guttentag wrote at Medium.
Its backers use at least three sites to perpetuate this scam—Bitcoin.com, Reddit (r/BTC) and Twitter (@Bitcoin). Bitcoin Cash (BCH) is purposely misleading consumers into thinking they’re getting Bitcoin.
Guttentag buttressed his argument by pointing out that Bitcoin Cash’s logo looks nearly identical to bitcoin’s.
“Think consumers are going to have an easy time telling the difference?” he asked.
Hard Fork Splits Bitcoin Cash Community
As CCN reported, a crypto civil war erupted in November 2018 when Bitcoin Cash (BCH) underwent its contentious fork. The fork resulted in feuding Bitcoin Cash camps:
- Bitcoin SV (Satoshi’s Vision): This group is backed by Australian entrepreneur Craig Wright and Calvin Ayre, the owner of CoinGeek, the largest Bitcoin Cash mining pool.
- Bitcoin ABC (Adjustable Blocksize Cap): This camp adheres to the “official” Bitcoin Cash road map, which is supported by most node operators, and is endorsed by Bitcoin Cash proponent Roger Ver and Jihan Wu, co-founder of Bitcoin mining giant Bitmain.
Bitcoin SV proponent Calvin Ayre claims that SV is the “real bitcoin,” while the original cryptocurrency — which preceded Bitcoin SV — is an impostor.
Fellow Bitcoin SV advocate, Craig Wright, agreed. “[BTC] is a sham bitcoin,” Wright told Express UK. “SV is what bitcoin was, and is the only way it works.”
Calvin Ayre: Bitcoin Price Will Plunge to Zero
Calvin Ayre also raised eyebrows after insisting that the bitcoin price will tank to zero in 2019 because it’s worthless.
Ayre further claimed that bitcoin’s price is being artificially deflated right now in order to eradicate it. He did not explain who’s trying to stamp bitcoin out of existence or why.
I am predicting it to go to zero value, as it has no utility. It does not do anything, and they intentionally are anti-scaling.
Bitcoin Price Will Crash to Zero Says Bitcoin Cash Founder Calvin Ayre https://t.co/34ZrOZVJhu
— CCN.com (@CryptoCoinsNews) December 17, 2018