Rival Bitcoin Copyright Claim Muddles Craig Wright’s Satoshi Gambit
A rival copyright claim to the Bitcoin whitepaper may have foiled Craig Wright’s Satoshi gambit. Or will he file yet another lawsuit? | Source: CryptoFinder/YouTube (i), Shutterstock (ii). Image Edited by CCN.
By CCN: It seems Craig Wright has launched a trend of people laying claim to the copyrights on the Bitcoin whitepaper and early code. While anyone can do it, the works belong to Satoshi Nakamoto – whoever he, she, or they may be. Other than potentially being one way to prove one’s self as Satoshi in a court of law, the copyrights don’t provide much power.
How Far Will Craig Wright Go to ‘Prove’ He Created Bitcoin?
Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are mainly open source. Open source implies that a software license already governs the modification and distribution of the code base.
Currently, Craig Wright is laying claim to the massive trove of Satoshi Nakamoto coins from early blocks. He has now officially filed a copyright on the works of Satoshi, although this doesn’t require any extraordinary evidence. Now, someone else has filed a claim. CoinDesk reports that someone named Wei Liu has subsequently filed a copyright claim over the whitepaper and the works of Satoshi Nakamoto.
The likely outcome of a competing filing is a court case. This means Craig Wright may soon enter yet a third court case that will ultimately require him to prove that he is Satoshi Nakamoto. If he fails to do so, he loses,