Chinese Citizen Wei Liu Claims Authorship of Bitcoin Whitepaper to Satirize Craig Wright
Wei Liu, a Chinese citizen residing in California, has registered a copyright for the bitcoin whitepaper on May 24, according to U.S. Copyright Office’s archive data.
The person claims to have published the bitcoin whitepaper titled “Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System” on Jan.11, 2018 under the pseudonym of Satoshi Nakamoto.
Last week, the self-proclaimed bitcoin creator Craig Wright filed a copyright claim for the bitcoin whitepaper and the code, saying the registrations issued by the U.S. Copyright Office amounted to a government “recognition” of his supposed credentials.
However, the truth is that the claim doesn’t require any validation or investigation from the copyright office. If there are competing claims, the Office will just register all of them, and the holders are then free to engage in lawsuits about who owns what.
This may inspire Liu to stand out to satirize Craig Wright via the same form-filling attempt. According to CoinDesk, Liu, the CEO of Coinsummer (a crypto market research firm) and former CEO of crypto fund MarvelousPeach Capital, said his goal in registering the document was to point out that copyright is technically meaningless.
“I filed it just to let people know anyone can register a copyright. Everyone can be Satoshi Nakamoto.”
While the conflicting copyright registered by Liu doesn’t seem to bother Craig Wright, who told Decrypt
“Now we can both show our credentials and see who ends up wearing an orange suit!”
Since the bitcoin whitepaper was released by the bitcoin inventor under the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto on 31st October 2018, the real identity of Satoshi has been a mystery for over a decade. Many suspects have come out claiming they’re Satoshi, but no one proved it. Despite these false claims, the real Satoshi has been and probably wants to stay anonymous forever, as he was trying to create a decentralized peer-to-peer payment system and his anonymity could avoid the possibility of him becoming the de facto leader of the space.
While what the self-proclaimed Satoshi Craig Wright (considered sacred for many) has been doing is a violation of Satoshi’s original intention. Filing copyright for the bitcoin whitepaper is the latest farce. Some bitcoiners have launched the petition to remove Craig’s name from bitcoin whitepaper’s copyright, which has been signed by more than 1,000 supporters.