By CCN: Australian entrepreneur Craig Wright shocked the cryptocurrency community on Tuesday by filing copyright registrations over the Bitcoin whitepaper and early Bitcoin code. In a press release, Wright claimed the US Copyright Office had officially “recognized” his role as the true bitcoin creator.
The Copyright Office hit back last night with an official statement debunking the claims. In it, they explain that a copyright registration is not a “determination of truth.” It simply represents a claim over works. The Copyright Office does investigate the validity of those claims.
“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.”
This is nonsense. There's literally no such thing as being "awarded a copyright" under US law. The only real benefit of registering with the Copyright Office is the right to sue for statutory damages & attorney's fees. Craig Wright's copyright registration is meaningless theater. https://t.co/hQ0xrX0Tv2
— Jake Chervinsky (@jchervinsky) May 21, 2019
As one lawyer engaged in the crypto space, Jake Chervinsky, said, Craig Wright’s copyright registration is “meaningless theater.”
Anyone can file a copyright claim over the bitcoin whitepaper
As CCN alluded to in our initial reporting, and subsequent commentary, Craig Wright’s copyright registration is not proof of ownership. It is not evidence he is Satoshi Nakamoto, nor that he wrote the bitcoin whitepaper.
As the Copyright Office explains: