Judge Rules Computer Scientist Not Bitcoin Inventor ‘Satoshi Nakamoto’

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For eight years, computer scientist Dr. Craig Wright had asserted that he was the individual behind the pseudonym ‘Satoshi Nakamoto,’ believed to be the creator of Bitcoin. However, a High Court judge has now ruled that Dr. Wright is not Satoshi Nakamoto.

The Australian who asserted he was Satoshi Nakamoto faced a lawsuit from the Crypto Open Patent Alliance (Copa), a non-profit organization representing cryptocurrency firms. Copa accused him of fabricating evidence and intimidating those who doubted his claims during the five-week trial.

Dispute over Bitcoin Creator’s Identity Resolved

In a recent court case, Jonathan Hough KC, representing the Crypto Open Patent Alliance (Copa), accused Dr. Craig Wright of failing to provide legitimate evidence supporting his claim to be Satoshi Nakamoto, the creator of Bitcoin. According to Hough, the documents Wright submitted appeared to be doctored. Wright denied these allegations.

The court’s ruling, delivered by Mr. Justice Mellor after closing arguments, concluded that Dr. Wright was not the individual behind the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto. Additionally, the ruling clarified that Wright did not create the Bitcoin system or its initial versions. This decision settled not only the debate over the creator of Bitcoin but also raised questions about intellectual property rights related to the cryptocurrency.

Court Transcript Confirms Judge’s Verdict

According to a court transcript, the judge declared that, after reviewing all the evidence and arguments presented during the trial, the conclusion was clear: Dr. Craig Wright’s claim to be Satoshi Nakamoto lacked substantial evidence.

During the civil trial, it was established that the original Bitcoin white paper, titled “Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System,” was released in 2008 under the pseudonym Satoshi’s name. However, Dr. Wright only asserted his claim to be Satoshi in 2016.

In defense of Dr. Wright, his barrister, Lord Grabiner KC, argued that his client, as an expert, had released the white paper after years of dedicated study and work on the foundational concepts of Bitcoin. Grabiner maintained that there was compelling evidence demonstrating Wright’s involvement in creating the digital currency.

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Court Verdict Dismisses Copa’s Concerns

Lord Grabiner KC, representing Dr. Wright, argued that Copa’s sole objective was to discredit his client’s claim, suggesting that if anyone else were Satoshi Nakamoto, they or their associates would have stepped forward by now.

Following the ruling, a spokesperson for Copa expressed satisfaction, stating that the decision was a victory for developers, the open-source community, and the truth. The spokesperson accused Dr. Wright and his supporters of spreading falsehoods for over eight years about his identity as Satoshi Nakamoto, using this deception to intimidate developers in the Bitcoin community.

The spokesperson concluded that with the court’s ruling, the falsehoods propagated by Craig Wright regarding his identity as Satoshi Nakamoto have been put to rest.

Important: Please note that this article is only meant to provide information and should not be taken as legal, tax, investment, financial, or any other type of advice.


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