UK Judge Confirms Craig Wright is Not Bitcoin Creator Satoshi Nakamoto

On March 14th, a big decision was made in the UK by Judge James Mellor.

by Faruk Imamovic
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UK Judge Confirms Craig Wright is Not Bitcoin Creator Satoshi Nakamoto
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On March 14th, a big decision was made in the UK by Judge James Mellor. He said that Craig Wright, a computer scientist from Australia, is not Satoshi Nakamoto, the mysterious person (or people) who created Bitcoin. Craig Wright has been saying he's Nakamoto since 2016, but the judge didn't agree.

The Fight in Court

The Crypto Open Patent Alliance (COPA) didn't want Craig Wright to keep saying he was Nakamoto. They took him to court, saying Wright made up a lot of fake documents to prove he was Bitcoin's creator. COPA was pretty straightforward: "Dr.

Wright has been caught lying big time. He made up a whole life story with fake documents." This legal fight started on February 5, after COPA turned down Wright's offer to settle things without going to court. COPA, which got started in 2020, wants to make sure cryptocurrency keeps growing without patents getting in the way.

Big names like Coinbase and Kraken are part of this group.

What This Decision Means

This decision is a big deal because it makes it clear that Wright had nothing to do with creating Bitcoin. It also highlights a bigger problem: some people are trying to scare Bitcoin developers with lawsuits.

Wright himself sued a bunch of Bitcoin developers and companies in 2023, claiming they used his Bitcoin white paper without permission. The Bitcoin Legal Defense Fund pointed out these lawsuits might scare developers away from working on Bitcoin because of the stress and potential legal trouble.

Wright also tried to copyright the Bitcoin white paper and code in the United States in 2019. However, because the white paper is under an MIT open-source license, anyone can use and change the code. This means Wright's copyright claims don't hold up.

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