London Court dismisses Craig Wright’s claim to be Bitcoin’s creator

The case was brought before the court by the Crypto Open Patent Alliance

Australian computer scientist Craig Steven Wright‘s claims that he is Bitcoin (BTC) creator Satoshi Nakamoto have been debunked by a recent court ruling in the UK.

For a long time Wright has maintained that he is the mysterious anonymous creator of BTC. Nevertheless, his assertions have been met with doubt and legal opposition on every side.

Wright’s insistence he was Satoshi Nakamoto stirred up controversy among members of the cryptocurrency community. He has gone to court in different countries seeking to affirm himself as the founder of BTC. This included a high-profile defamation case in England and an intellectual property lawsuit against BTC developers.

Wright claimed that he authored the original whitepaper for BTC and also had the cryptographic keys belonging to Satoshi’s estimated multi-billion dollar store. However, he has not been able to provide concrete evidence in support of his allegations despite making them several times.

The High Court case in London was initiated by the Crypto Open Patent Alliance (COPA), a group that counts major cryptocurrency firms like Coinbase and Block among its members and was established by Jack Dorsey, the former CEO of X (formerly Twitter).

COPA was seeking a ruling that would put an end to the matter once and for all. Justice James Mellor delivered the court's decision which categorically stated that Wright was not the person behind the Satoshi Nakamoto pseudonym.

Claiming to be the creator of BTC gave Wright more power at nChain, a company working with cryptocurrencies where he held the position of chief science officer. He was treated as a superior and his team would write down his thoughts about some very complicated technical subjects which later turned into patents.

The judge’s decision was upheld by forensic evidence that proved several of Wright’s “proof” documents as being fake. A crucial item of proof was a notepad entry supposedly made in 2007; however, this was written on a pad that was not available until 2012, four years after the invention of BTC.

Having had doubts about Wright’s claims for a while, the crypto community welcomed the court's ruling. Industry personalities such as Dorsey made the judgment public and celebrated it as a win for the the integrity of BTC's history.

However, in spite of this decision, Wright has said he will challenge it – indicating that the argument over who the real creator behind BTC might yet drag on.

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Written by Silvia Pavlof

Silvia has explored various forms of writing, ranging from content creation for social media to crafting movie scripts. Drawing on her experience as a journalist specializing in the gambling sector, she is currently investigating the impact of cryptocurrencies and blockchain on traditional gambling and iGaming.

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