Courts Grant Craig Wright Permission to Serve Bitcoin.org Operator Cøbra With Copyright Lawsuit
Craig Wright, an Australian computer scientist known for his claims to have created Bitcoin, has been allowed to serve a copyright infringement lawsuit against the operator of Bitcoin.org, who goes by the pseudonym Cøbra.
UK Court Rules In Wright’s Favor
The London High court has granted Wright the permission to pursue his case and serve the copyright infringement lawsuit against the publisher of the BTC whitepaper.
This is because Cøbra, the defendant in question, is not an acknowledged UK resident. Cøbra’s name, identity, and address are unknown according to court filings, Reuters reported.
This case stems from the question of who wrote Bitcoin’s white paper under the pseudonym, Satoshi Nakamoto. Titled “Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System,” the academic document was published under an MIT public license in 2008 and is distributed in many forms worldwide.
Apart from Wright claiming to be Satoshi, he also claims ownership of the whitepaper. He previously filed a copyright claim in 2019 with the US Copyright Office for the original Bitcoin code and the BTC whitepaper.
Wright sent out cease and desist letters to Bitcoin Core developers like Bitcoin.org demanding that they stop hosting the Bitcoin white paper on their websites.
According to court filings, Cøbra refused to remove the whitepaper. Instead, he messaged Wright’s lawyers Ontier on Twitter, stating that Bitcoin.org was not a UK-based organization and that Craig’s copyright claim can be easily verified to be false.
Craig Wright’s Continuous Litigations
For years Wright has continuously used lawsuits to affirm his claims of creating Bitcoin and owning the BTC white paper in question.
Last week Wright was on the receiving end of a legal case himself as the Cryptocurrency Open Patent Alliance (COPA) sued him over claims to his ownership of the Bitcoin whitepaper.
COPA sought an injunction that would restrain Wright from ever claiming he authored the document while also asking for an order that would obligate him to foot the bill for disseminating information that he is not the owner.
This was in response to his cease and desist letters sent to the Bitcoin developer community and Square to stop hosting the Bitcoin whitepaper on its site.
Although the court’s order has given Wright a minor victory regarding his quest to claim control of the rights to the Bitcoin white paper, it does not automatically settle any questions around the origin, nor does it confirm that he is indeed the author.
While it remains unclear what the outcome of this would be, Cøbra has confirmed in a tweet that he would not mind revealing his identity to defend his claim.