A recent court filing reveals that a British court has granted an appeal to Craig Wright, who has claimed to be the creator of Bitcoin since 2016, to argue his case in a copyright lawsuit related to Bitcoin (BTC).
The lawsuit targets 13 Bitcoin Core developers and several companies, including Blockstream, Coinbase, and Block, alleging violations of Wright’s copyright on the Bitcoin white paper, file format, and database rights on the Bitcoin blockchain.
This decision marks a significant development as it stands in contrast to a ruling made in February, which had deemed Wright’s arguments insufficient to establish the initial recording of the Bitcoin file format, a crucial requirement for copyright protection.
Consequently, the UK Court had dismissed Wright’s plea to block the operation of Bitcoin and its fork, Bitcoin Cash, due to intellectual property infringement.
Wright claims that the Bitcoin Satoshi Vision blockchain, which he created from another Bitcoin fork, is the true blockchain behind the Bitcoin cryptocurrency.
However, the ultimate determination of whether Wright is indeed the elusive Bitcoin creator, Satoshi Nakamoto, will be made at a trial scheduled to commence in January 2024.
In a separate Oslo case, witnesses had presented forensic evidence challenging the authenticity of documents provided by Wright to support his claim as Nakamoto.
These documents exhibited discrepancies, including the usage of fonts that were not available during the alleged creation period.
The Defense Fund, representing the developers, contends that Wright has failed to provide sufficient evidence to support his claim as Nakamoto and argues that he must establish his identity as Nakamoto before the court can address the three primary claims presented in the lawsuit.
The trial is expected to take place in early 2024.
It is crucial to recognize that the Bitcoin code is open-sourced and freely distributed under the Massachusetts Institute of Technology license, enabling users to reuse the code for any purpose, including proprietary software.
Conversely, Wright maintains that the Bitcoin Core developers constitute a centralized entity referred to as the “Bitcoin Partnership,” which exercises control over the Bitcoin network.
Despite Wright’s assertions, recent investigations have provided evidence to suggest that Nakamoto may actually be a collective entity.
One such piece of evidence arises from the usage of both “we” and “I” in the Bitcoin white paper, indicating the possibility of a team operating under a single pseudonym.
Moreover, linguistic analysis of Nakamoto’s writings reveals discrepancies in writing style between the white paper, which demonstrates impeccable English and precise language with accurate usage of technical terms, and Nakamoto’s forum posts and email correspondences, implying the involvement of multiple individuals behind the pseudonym.
As the legal battle unfolds, the outcome of the trial in January 2024 will hold significant implications for the recognition of copyright claims related to Bitcoin and the identity of its enigmatic creator, Satoshi Nakamoto.