Craig Wright, the self-proclaimed Bitcoin inventor, insists that the US government now recognizes him as the author of the Bitcoin white paper. On Tuesday he announced that the US copyright office had granted him a copyright registration of ownership of the original Bitcoin white paper and the original code.
During a press release sent to Decrypt, a news outlet, his spokesman said:
“This is the first government agency recognition of Craig Wright as Satoshi Nakamoto, the creator of Bitcoin.”
However, there is no government agency recognition of Wright’s supposed credentials registering a copyright. It turns out that it’s something anyone can do without involving official oversight.
According to Jerry Brito, Coin Center director:
“Copyright registration is not recognition of authorship.”
In a tweet, Brito said:
”Registering a copyright is just filing a form. The Copyright Office does not investigate the validity of the claim; they only 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.”
In his understanding, he disagrees with the press release’s claims that Wright’s application had been reviewed by a US copyright examiner, who is aware that the Bitcoin white paper and code were his work before granting the application.
Nelson Rosario, an attorney at Smolinski Law, noted that in March, the US Supreme Court ruled that copyright owners must register with copyright office before a lawsuit for copyright infringement of the work is filed.
Although Wright could bring a lawsuit against anyone using the code if he registers the original Bitcoin code. There are some huge roadblocks; the Bitcoin software was licensed under the MIT software license, which permits anyone to reuse the code with impunity. There is no recourse for litigation of the software with the copyright office.
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