The United States Copyright Office has provided clarifications regarding Craig Wright’s recent registration of a patent to back his claims that he is Satoshi Nakamoto, the pseudonymous inventor of Bitcoin.
In a press release, which we usually would not expect if not for the gravity of the claims by Craig Wright, the U.S Copyright office writes,
“As a general rule, when the Copyright Office receives an application for registration, the claimant certifies as to the truth of the statements made in the submitted materials. The Copyright Office does not investigate the truth of any statement made,”
Additionally, the government agency clarified what happens when an individual files claims for a pseudonymous project.
“In a case in which a work is registered under a pseudonym, the Copyright Office does not investigate whether there is a provable connection between the claimant and the pseudonymous author,” the agency concludes.
Craig Wright not Satoshi?
Much to the dismay of the wider crypto community, Craig Wright’s latest efforts to take credit for the invention of Bitcoin seems to show a sign of desperation on the part of a man who also promised to crash the price Bitcoin to $1000 if his side failed to win the Bitcoin Cash hardfork war back in November.
To be clear, a report by Craig Wright affiliated crypto news publication, CoinGeek about the latest copyright saga reads thus,
“The copyright registration was issued after the examiner at the U.S. Copyright Office was aware that the Bitcoin whitepaper was a “famous work” with questions about who was Satoshi Nakamoto, and only after Dr Wright confirmed he was the author of the seminal paper which started the Bitcoin revolution.”
The above statement from a legal standpoint agrees with the U.S Copyright Office latest clarification but could mislead the unsuspecting public into believing that the agency vetted and approved Craig Wrights claim in the registration.
In a nutshell, the copyright registration flaunted by Craig Wright does not in any way show that he is Satoshi Nakamoto.