- Craig Wright won a court ruling in a copyright claim against Bitcoin.org.
- The London high court orders Cøbra of Bitcoin.org to stop hosting Bitcoin whitepaper.
- It’s still unsure whether Cøbra will abide by the ruling and pay the legal fees.
Craig Wright, the Australian who claims he created Bitcoin, won a court ruling in a copyright claim against Bitcoin.org. According to reports, the UK Court orders “Cøbra” of Bitcoin.org to remove Bitcoin whitepaper on its website.
According to Wright, he is Satoshi Nakomoto behind Bitcoin. Since 2016, the Australian computer scientist claims that he is the pseudonymous creator of Bitcoin. Although his claims have mostly been viewed as bogus to retrieve large amounts of Bitcoin, the recent court ruling is a win for him.
Paul Ferguson, the lawyer representing Wright, stated:
Our client has always maintained that he created bitcoin to operate within existing laws and that in the event of loss or theft, where legitimate ownership can be proven, the developers have a duty to ensure recovery,
While this is the first win for Wright, it is certainly not the first court case he has been involved in. Wright has already filed a number of court cases over the past years. Previously, he filed to London high court a lawsuit against 16 software developers. This is part of his effort to secure worth £4 billion Bitcoin that he claims belongs to him.
Clearly, Nakamoto’s identity has added to the mystery and almost mythical status of Bitcoin. The surge of Bitcoin has perhaps added to the urgency of Wright’s claim to be recognized as its creator. Although there’s a recent dip in the market, it is interesting to see how future rulings go forward.
Lastly, as the London high court ruled in favor of Wright, it’s still unsure whether Cøbra will abide by the ruling and pay the legal fees. The Guardian newspaper shared Cøbra’s response to the claims prior to the final ruling. Stating further via email,
We’ve been threatened to take down the bitcoin white paper by someone who obviously isn’t the inventor of bitcoin (if he was, that would make him the 25th richest person in the world, which he obviously isn’t)