[update 21 May 2019 – the copyright was registered as a necessary condition of defending a claim in court and does not infer that the copyright office has taken a position on whether Wright is Satoshi Nakamoto and has no powers to investigate the merit of the claim. In English law copyright resides with the creator and exists from the moment a work is created. -GM]
Dr. Craig S. Wright was granted US copyright to the Bitcoin whitepaper and source code by the US Copyright Office for his claim to be Satoshi Nakamoto, the pseudonymous inventor of the digital currency.
The copyright goes into effect on April 11th and the two registrations are as follows:
- U.S. Copyright Registration No. TXu 2-136-996, effective April 11, 2019, for the paper entitled Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System, graduated in 2008. The registry recognizes the author as Craig Steven Wright under the pseudonym Satoshi. to Nakamoto.
- U.S. Copyright Registration No. TX-8-708-058, valid from April 13, 2019, for the computer program Bitcoin, with completion year 2009 and date of first publication January 3, 2009. The registration recognizes the author as Craig Steven Wright under the pseudonym Satoshi. to Nakamoto. Wright wrote the majority of version 0.1 of the Bitcoin client software, and the registry includes the parts that he wrote.
The Bitcoin White Paper was published in 2018 and Bitcoin went live in January 2009.
Implications of the lawsuit
There may well be some people who have so far doubted the authenticity of Wright’s assertions who now need to reconsider this position.
There are others who have come under legal attack after Wright threatened to sue a number of people.
Podcaster Peter McCormack faces defamation charges in the UK High Court after McCormack accuses Wright of fraud.
Wright claims £ 100,000 in damages plus costs.
The backlash against Wright swelled online as he threatened other people and organizations with legal action.
Wright is the founder of nChain, the London-based company developing Bitcoin SV, an offshoot of Bitcoin Cash.
SV stands for Satoshi’s Vision as the project claims it is the true heir to the original Bitcoin vision of digital cash.
According to CoinGeek, a news site run by billionaire Calvin Ayre who supports BSV and Wright’s claims, Wright intends to transfer copyright to the Bitcoin Association at some point in the future.
The CoinGeek report states that the US Copyright Office “has received confirmation from Wright that he is Satishi Nakamoto.”
The nature of this confirmation is currently unknown.
Will Binance list BSV again now?
Binance’s founder and CEO tweeted that “Craig Wright is not Satoshi” and pursued a threat to remove BSV from the list.
Craig Wright is not Satoshi.
More of that shit, we’re delisting! https://t.co/hrnt3fDACq
– CZ Binance (@cz_binance) April 12, 2019
BSV has also been dropped by Kraken and Shapeshift because of legal action and threats from Wright.
The person or individuals behind the @hodlonaut Twitter account was Wright’s first target, whose lawsuits were filed on March 29.
Many in the crypto community gathered in defense of Hodlonauts.
What will happen to the 1.1 million in the Kleiman Florida case?
The copyright win is sure to have an impact on the Florida trial that accuses Wright of the David Kleiman’s estate of denying access to 1.1 million bitcoins because of Wright’s willful acts.
In addition to the 1.1 million bitcoins, the Kleiman estate is also demanding compensation for infringement of intellectual property rights.
Kleiman, a computer forensics expert who was downstairs or near the invention of Bitcoin, died on April 26, 2013.