The cryptocurrency community got riled up recently over Craig Wright’s U.S. copyright registration of the Bitcoin whitepaper and some of the code from the early software. However, on May 24 the U.S. Copyright Office saw a Bitcoin whitepaper registration by a man named Wei Liu, bringing another legal challenger to Wright’s claim of ownership over the seminal paper.
**This post was edited at 2:20 p.m. EST. It contains additional commentary from Wei Liu. Liu was a former executive at the bitcoin mining operation F2pool.
A Wild Whitepaper Copyright Challenger Appears
The infamous Craig Wright, who claims to be Satoshi Nakamoto, has a legal challenger to his recent copyright claim over the Bitcoin whitepaper. Last week Wright’s media team told the public that he was granted two U.S. copyrights for the original Bitcoin whitepaper and version 0.1 of the cryptocurrency’s code. Immediately after the news went public, the cryptocurrency community responded in uproar and most supporters declared the act was meaningless. Patent attorney Stephan Kinsella told his social media followers that “such assertions are ridiculous and misrepresent the way copyright works.” Then the Copyright Office responded to the recent Bitcoin copyrights and said the agency “does not investigate the truth of any statement made” and that the legal battle over ownership is essentially up to the courts to decide.
Wei Liu’s registered copyright for the Bitcoin whitepaper. He claims to be the pseudonymous Satoshi Nakamoto and the author of the paper’s text.
This could well be the case as a new copyright filing for the whitepaper was published on May 24 by an individual named Wei Liu.