Bitcoin Core developer Peter Todd spoke out in defense of blockchain startup Verisart after another developer announced that the service has attributed to him the authorship of the Mona Lisa. This writes Bitcoinist.

In the debate on Twitter Todd said Terence Eden, is currently engaged in the development of Open standards for Digital services, the UK government, “misinterpreted what Verisart”, after the company uploaded a famous painting in the blockchain, putting Eden as its Creator.

Verisart appeared on the market in 2015, and describes itself as a service “using the blockchain for a combination of transparency, anonymity and security that allows to protect the rights of creators of art”.

“Verisart is a tool for collecting and time stamping as evidence, and not authoritative blockchain. His statement about the “Mona Lisa” is an obvious unsubstantiated deception,” wrote Todd.

Eden has published information about his experiment with Verisart blog on 12 June. According to him, the service has required only an email address and a photo of the Mona Lisa from Wikipedia as evidence that he is the author of the work.

“I don’t understand what is the hype around the blockchain,” wrote the developer on Twitter. “Start-up certified my artwork and put a confirmation on the blockchain of bitcoin. Now the gallery owners and auctioneers don’t have to worry about the fact that I painted this picture. One small problem… I’m not Leonardo da Vinci!”

Criticizing this statement, Todd stated that the value of the blockchain Verisart is not what he writes Eden. “Technology Verisart, in particular open time stamp, you can’t make the evidence retroactively. If he tried to fake a proof, then all would see that it was created recently, and this would cause suspicion,” wrote Todd. “It’s just guarantee significant improvements in the field of preservation of the status quo”.