On May 21, 2019, a press release was sent to a variety of publications that said Craig Wright was granted two U.S. copyrights for the original Bitcoin white paper and version 0.1 of the cryptocurrency’s code. Meanwhile, the U.S. Copyright Office specifically addressed the matter in a press release which emphasized the agency “does not investigate the truth of any statement made.”
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Craig Wright’s Copyright Proof Attempt Fails to Sway the Greater Crypto Community
Yesterday the crypto community was up in arms after Craig Wright detailed that he was granted two U.S. copyrights for the Bitcoin white paper and code. The two copyrights can be seen publicly with registration no. TXu 2-136-996 and also no. TX-8-708-058. Of course, most digital asset enthusiasts thought the effort was yet another lackluster attempt from Wright to try and prove he’s Satoshi. Many individuals on social media simply laughed at the copyright announcement. Alongside this, a few other crypto community members detailed that the copyrights were meaningless. Coin Center founder Jerry Brito explained that the U.S. Copyright Office does not investigate the validity of claims like these and they simply just register it. “Unfortunately there is no official way to challenge a registration — If there are competing claims, the Office will just register all of them,” Brito added.
Moreover, back when Satoshi released the protocol, the code was released under the open source MIT license. This means that Bitcoin is free to distribute the software to any individual or organization and everyone has no limitations to what they can do with the software. Essentially anyone can use, copy, modify, merge, publish, distribute, sublicense, and fork the Bitcoin software.
Furthermore, there is a copyright notice from Satoshi established under the MIT licensing back in 2009, which gives developers the freedom to use the code in any manner. Then over the last few years, there’s been a slew of other individuals who have registered and have been granted copyrights to the Bitcoin software and it’s associated paper.