I have some questions about Lightning Network. I'm already banned from r/bitcoin so I'm posting here. My first questions are about dispute costs:
Lets say I open a payment channel on the lightning network. I need to have some balance in the channel, so lets say I have put in 1 bitcoin. I make a purchase for .5 bitcoin. There is then a dispute: the seller is claiming my entire bitcoin from me. Now what?
Per the whitepaper I can "dispute" this by broadcasting the transaction to the blockchain. (Are there other options?)
1) Who pays for that, and how much? Do I pay per bit whatever the market value is for block space at that time?
1a) With the claim on my entire bitcoin where do the transaction fees come from?
1b) What would prevent somebody from using this "pay to take it to court at auction prices" model as a denial of service or theft? For example, a large actor opens many channels and funds them so they are used as hubs....then when well established he "outright disconnects" some large number of those channels. Now there is very high demand for limited blockspace as everybody tries to dispute before the deadline. What happens next? What if there is so much congestion that disputes can not be made fast enough?
Either ELI5 or point me at the right page(s) and sections of the whitepaper.
Much appreciated, Blade.