Craig Wright Files US Copyright Registrations for BTC White Paper
Craig Wright, one of the most controversial figures within the crypto industry has been the center of media scrutiny for a string of lawsuits. The self-proclaimed Satoshi filed US copyright registration for the BTC White paper. Court documents show that the U.S. Copyright Office has registrations showing the author of the white paper as Craig Wright. A news release from May 21 claims that U.S. officials have received confirmation that Wright is indeed Satoshi Nakamoto. Since 2015, Wright has repeatedly claimed he is the creator of the BTC but had been unable to provide hard evidence.
It was reported that Craig Wright filed copyright registrations for the bitcoin white paper and most of the 0.1 version of Bitcoin’s early software. This is the first government agency in recognition of Craig Wright as Satoshi Nakamoto-the creator of Bitcoin. The two registrations are as follows:
‘’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 year of completion 2008. The registration recognizes the author as Craig Steven Wright, using the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto.’’
‘’U.S. copyright registration no. TX-8-708-058, effective date April 13, 2019, for computer program entitled Bitcoin, with year of completion 2009 and date of first publication January 3, 2009. The registration recognizes the author as Craig Steven Wright, using the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto. Wright wrote most of version 0.1 of the Bitcoin client software, and the registration covers the portions he authored.’’
It is believed that in the future Wright intends to assign the copyright registrations to Bitcoin Association to hold for the benefit of the Bitcoin ecosystem. However, the news has been met with skepticism by many in the crypto community. Multiple crypto industry giants continuously slammed Wright as a ‘’fraud’’ and labelled him ‘’Faketoshi.’’ The executive director of CoinCenter, Jerry Brito, pointed out that anyone can register a copyright claim and that its not necessarily proof of ownership or recognition by the US copyright office itself.
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. https://t.co/YA70ALpG1Y
The news of the copyright registration will act as ammo for Craig Wright to support his claims as the creator of BTC. He claimed that he wanted to create an honest system of cash and that Bitcoin SV is the true vision.
“In order to clear up some areas around my history as the creator of Bitcoin for people, I need to point out a few fallacies. Firstly, there is the fallacy that Satoshi acted in a particular way. The reality is that as Satoshi, I interacted with people who held views that differed from mine. In creating Bitcoin, I sought to create an honest and legally enforceable cash system. To be cash, that is to be money, Bitcoin needs to be neutral. It is not a system that is friendly to crime but a system that is friendly to most people. Such are people who act across the law in a variety of ways.”