Craig Wright, chief scientist at nChain, won a minor procedural legal victory in support of his quest to claim control of the rights to the white paper that laid the foundation for the Bitcoin cryptocurrency. According to a Reuters report, the High Court in London will allow Wright to bring a copyright lawsuit against the publisher of bitcoin.org, which is called Cobra.
The thrust of the order allows Wright to serve the lawsuit via a generic email or Twitter, since Cobra is not a recognized UK resident. Cobra has “not disclosed a name, identity or address, according to court documents released Wednesday,” Reuters said.
The ruling is largely procedural and does not resolve any questions about the origin of the Bitcoin white paper, which is the subject of the claim and which Wright claims to have written.
Wright’s long list of litigation
The court decisions are the most recent development in a legal battle that has lasted for years.
In particular, this lawsuit stems from Wright’s widely controversial claim that he is Satoshi Nakamoto, who wrote the Bitcoin White Paper, the groundbreaking document that laid the groundwork for what is now the world’s first cryptocurrency. According to Wright’s reasoning, since he is Nakamoto, no other entity is allowed to host the diary. The ethics are at odds with the open-source and decentralized nature of Bitcoin. Wright sent a series of cease and desist letters to Bitcoin Core developers, for example, on hosting the white paper.
In response, the document was initially pulled from bitcoin.org, given that the court case would involve time, money and energy, proceeds the group said they did not want to waste on a lawsuit.
In response to a cease-and-desist order sent to Square, the Cryptocurrency Open Patent Alliance (COPA) filed a lawsuit against Wright in the UK for his copyright claims over the Bitcoin white paper. The Alliance was formed in September 2020 and founded by Square to pool patents and preserve the open source spirit of the industry.
The ramifications, including those of this trial, should force Wright to provide conclusive proof that he is Nakamoto, which he has so far failed to do.