- Craig Wright has filed a copyright for the Bitcoin whitepaper and original code
- This is his latest effort in his claim to be Satoshi Nakamoto
Undoubtedly, one of the most despised characters in cryptocurrency is Craig Wight as he is constantly the subject of one headline after another. Hot off the heels of his feud with many members of the cryptic community that saw the mass delisting of Bitcoin SV, Craig Wright has once again doubled down on his claims of being Satoshi Nakamoto and has now taken it to the courts.
As of May 21, 2019, Craig Wright has formally filed for copyright with the United States copyright office for the Bitcoin whitepaper which was authored by Satoshi Nakamoto.
Craig Wright is a fraud
According to the official court documents from the US copyright office, Wright has filed as the author of the bitcoin whitepaper and the original code used to create Bitcoin.
This is the latest in the efforts of Wright to claim that he is Satoshi Nakamoto and wrote the original white paper and code. He has feuded with several members of the crypto industry over these claims such as CZ of Binance and others. So far, his claims have mostly been just claims but now it seems he’s trying to get legal backing to that effect.
But what does this actually mean? John Brito, a director at Coin Centre, tweeted following the breaking news that:
“Registering a copyright is just filing a form. The Copyright Office does not investigate the validity of the claim; they just register it. Unfortunately, there is no official way to challenge a registration. If there are competing claims, the Office will just register all of them.”
Obviously, most of the community does not believe that Wright is Satoshi Nakamoto but Wright has argued that his registering himself as bitcoin’s creator stemmed from frustration at his original idea being watered down and bastardized by others.
As Brito pointed out, nothing stops Wright or anyone else from claiming to be Satoshi Nakamoto but with this filing, it is also believed that Wright plants to assign the copyright registrations to Bitcoin Association for the future benefit of the Bitcoin ecosystem. This move seems to have been supported by the Association itself as Jimmy Nguyen, the founding president of the foundation, stated his approval at the latest development:
“We are thrilled to see Craig Wright recognized as author of the landmark Bitcoin white paper and early code. [ ]We look forward to working with Craig and others to ensure his original vision is recognized as Bitcoin and is realized through BSV.”