Craig Wright, the self-proclaimed Satoshi Nakamoto, has been granted the U.S. copyright registrations for Bitcoin (BTC) white paper, and early computer code authored by Satoshi Nakamoto in 2008, the court document shows.
“U.S. copyright registration no. TXu 2-136-996, effective date April 11, 2019, for the paper entitled Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System, with the year of completion 2008. The registration recognizes the author as Craig Steven Wright, using the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto,” it is said in the registration paper.
Although the copyright office granted the registration to Wright, it is still only a “registration”, meaning the copyright office does not investigate the validity and authenticity of the claim, but merely registers it.
“Registering a copyright is just filing a form…There is no official way to challenge a registration. If there are competing claims, the Office will just register all of them,” commented Jerry Brito, the executive director of Coin Center.
For several years now, Wright has been claiming he is the person behind the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto, the founder of bitcoin, although the vast majority of crypto community disputes this claim.
In April, Wright filed a lawsuit in the High Court of Justice in London against podcaster Peter McCormack for writing a libelous series of tweets about him. The lawsuit asks for an injunction to restrain McCormack from talking about Wright in the future. In addition, Wright is looking for 100,000 pounds, currently around $130,000, in damages from McCormack.
In an interview with Bloomberg, Wright confirmed he filed lawsuits against people with “perceived authority” in the crypto community, such as McCormack and the ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin. He added that he was forced to “take this step” [the lawsuit] so he can, later, get back to science to “happily and openly debate ideas and concepts”.
Last month, Newconomy reported that, as a result of the McCormack/Wright saga many cryptocurrency exchanges, including Binance and Kraken, have decided to delist Bitcoin SV (BSV), a digital coin created by Craig Wright.
“When a coin or token no longer meets this standard, or the industry changes, we conduct a more in-depth review and potentially delist it. We believe this best protects all of our users,” explained Binance in a statement about delisting of BSV.