Craig Wright Granted US Copyright Registrations For Satoshi White Paper And Bitcoin Code

News | May 22, 2019 By:

Craig Wright, the self-proclaimed creator of bitcoin, has been granted US copyright registrations for the original bitcoin code and the Satoshi white paper.

The US Copyright Office posted Wright’s registrations on its website, recognizing the self-proclaimed Satoshi Nakamoto as the author of the bitcoin white paper, titled “Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System,” and “Bitcoin,” which refers to the original 2009 code.

The true identity of Satoshi Nakamoto has been the subject of intense curiosity over the past ten years. In late 2015, some media outlets reported belief that Craig Wright is the creator of bitcoin, leading to significant debate since then.

In February of this year, Wright claimed that he is Satoshi Nakamoto in a letter to the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), stating that he started the bitcoin project in 1997, which was filed with the Australian government in part under an AusIndustry project registered with the Department of Innovation as BlackNet.

In a press release, Wright said that in the future, he intends to assign the copyright registrations to Bitcoin Association to hold for the benefit of the Bitcoin ecosystem. Bitcoin Association is a global industry organization for Bitcoin businesses. It supports BSV and owns the Bitcoin SV client software.

“We are thrilled to see Craig Wright recognized as author of the landmark Bitcoin white paper and early code,” said Bitcoin Association Founding President Jimmy Nguyen. “Better than anyone else, Craig understands that Bitcoin was created be a massively scaled blockchain to power the world’s electronic cash for billions of people to use, and be the global data ledger for the biggest enterprise applications. We look forward to working with Craig and others to ensure his original vision is recognized as Bitcoin and is realized through BSV.”

Some analyst said that copyright registrations does not imply ownership, and that the copyright process allows anyone to register anything.

“Registering a copyright is just filing a form,” said Jerry Brito, executive director at advocacy group Coin Center. “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.”