The creation of bitcoin (BTC), the world’s first cryptocurrency, is attributed to Satoshi Nakamoto, a pseudonym that was used to keep his true identity unknown until today. As it gained value and popularity, many claimed to be the mind behind digital currency. Now, the London Supreme Court has agreed to hear from an Australian computer scientist who claims to be the real creator of bitcoin in a lawsuit for alleged copyright infringement.
The information was originally published by Reuters this last Thursday (22). Craig Wright claims to have developed the world’s first cryptocurrency and is suing the operator and publisher of bitcoin.org, which goes by “Cobra”, another pseudonym that keeps his true identity a secret. The Court does not have his name or address, so the case was named “Wright v an unknown person”.
Wright claims to have been the creator of bitcoin since 2015
The Australian computer scientist was initially appointed as the alleged inventor of bitcoin in 2015, but he became known as one of the main “frauds” that try to assume the identity of Satoshi Nakamoto. Some investigations have identified inconsistencies in Wright’s allegations, who in turn have been unmasked as an imposter.
However, that did not stop him from continuing with his speech. The 51-year-old Wright lives in the UK and now accuses Cobra of copyright infringement involving content on his website bitcoin.org, raising a lawsuit that requires the removal of the cryptocurrency “White Paper”, a 2008 document that would have been published by Satoshi Nakamoto himself describing the technology behind digital currency.
For Cobra, process has no merit
Wright has accused Cobra of violating his alleged copyright for months. In January, the bitcoin.org operator posted a statement on the site’s blog defending itself from the allegations, calling them “without merit”. In the same month, he also addressed Wright’s lawyers via Twitter, saying that the charges “can easily be verified as false”, pointing out that his domain is not even based in the United Kingdom, information confirmed by documents obtained by the Reuters.
“We were threatened to remove White Paper” from bitcoin by someone who is obviously not the inventor of cryptocurrency (if it were, that would make him the 25th richest person in the world, which he obviously is not). It looks like he is trying to abuse the UK courts to get them to censor the White Paper and harass small sites like us that provide educational content, “Cobra told Reuters.
Action wants to prove Wright is Satoshi Nakamoto
However, Wright’s legal team is confident of his chances in court. “The case will revolve around the possibility that the court is convinced that Mr. Wright really was the author – and holds the copyright – of the bitcoin White Paper and therefore that he is in fact Satoshi Nakamoto,” said Simon Cohen, who is representing Wright, Reuters.
Wright’s goal appears not to be a simple copyright lawsuit or some improbable financial compensation. The lawsuit brings to court for the first time an agenda that could help him prove that he was actually the creator of bitcoin. It is not the first time that he has tried to take the agenda to court, but it is the first time that the Court has agreed to hear it.
With information: Reuters