Copyright registrations for the bitcoin (BTC) source code and the Bitcoin white paper might have been filed by Craig Wright with the US Copyright Office, but it doesn’t mean the government recognizes him as Satoshi Nakamoto.
This development was reported by the Financial Times and came on the heels of news that Wright had filed copyright registrations for the Bitcoin white paper. The document is authored by Satoshi Nakamoto, a pseudonym.
Is Wright really Nakamoto?
While a news release on May 21 asserted that U.S officials did receive validation that Wright is Nakamoto, the crypto community remains skeptical of the information.
A spokesperson for Wright reportedly informed the Financial Times that the registration released by the US Copyright office acknowledges the computer science as the author of both the BTC white paper and code. He also claimed the Copyright Office is the first federal agency to note that Wright is the developer of today’s leading cryptocurrency.
Copyright Office on Wright’s claim
However, Wright’s claim is reportedly not grounded in reality since the Copyright Office does not verify any statements made in the registration application or investigate the identities of those who filed for copyright.
The Copyright Office said that in cases where a pseudonym was used, they don’t investigate if “there is a provable connection between the claimant and the pseudonymous author.” What’s more, the registration of BTC’s source code doesn’t protect its intellectual property as an invention.
However, the Copyright Office has the power to cancel any registration application if it’s proven that the presented information is false and the individual claiming to be the inventor or author is not who they claim to be.