Craig Wright, who claims to be the inventor of Bitcoin, is being sued in the Superior Court of London on the grounds that Wright is not the author of the White Paper of Bitcoin, and isn’t the copyright holder either.
Behind it is an organization called “The Cryptocurrency Open Patent Alliance” (COPA) which describes themselves as a community of ‘blockchain and crypto advocates’ including patent attorneys with 30+ years experience.
Their announcement reads “Today, COPA initiated a lawsuit asking the UK High Court to declare that Mr. Craig Wright does not have copyright ownership over the Bitcoin White Paper. We stand in support of the Bitcoin developer community and the many others who’ve been threatened for hosting the White Paper.”
The concerns stem from Wright already attempting to stake claim to the Bitcoin whitepaper, when he kicked off 2021 by having lawyers send letters to websites that hosted it demanding it be removed.
Most noteworthy of them being Bitcoin.org, but on the day of the deadline (Feb 3rd) it’s owner stated “today was the deadline for me to stop hosting the whitepaper, otherwise I would be sued. It’s still up.”
Nobody knew what Craig’s next move would be, but with fears that his failure to get sites to remove the whitepaper left him angry and desperate, it appears COPA decided to make the next move themselves.
Patents being granted to people wrongfully, and that unleashing predatory lawsuits on industries (known as patent trolls) is unfortunately common – losing this case would make it nearly impossible for Wright to ever take legal ownership.