U.S. Copyright Office Dismisses Claim It ‘Recognized’ Craig Wright As Bitcoin Creator Satoshi
The U.S Copyright Office and has moved to the dispel allegations that it has officially recognized Graig Wright as bitcoin creator Satoshi Nakamoto.
The move comes after Tuesday’s widely circulated claims that the agency had made the decision, an aspect that worked to the advantage of bitcoin SV (BSV). The coin bounced (from $63.17 to a high of $139 as shown on XBT.net) in light of the revelations.
But that was only before the copyright office released a statement to the contrary.
In dispelling the claims that it had registered anyone as the inventor of bitcoin, the Copyright Office notes in a press release that:
“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 statement goes on to clarify that, as a practice, the agency “does not investigate the truth” with regard to copyright applicant’s names or works.
It also said that in a case where an entity seeks to register under a pseudonym, the Copyright Office similarly does not carry out any investigations to corroborate the given information.
In this case, it is not upon the agency to find out whether the claims provably connect the specific applicant and the pseudonymous author.
But what does it say of the matter, when all one needs to have a copyright registered is access to the internet and $55? It can only mean that claims to the effect that the U.S. government has officially recognized Wright as bitcoin’s creator are nothing but hogwash.
Even Tuesday’s widely circulated press statement trying to suggest the Copyright Office indeed acknowledged Wright was Satoshi does nothing but to add to the spurious nature of the claims.
The said press release states in part that “the registrations […] recognize Wright as the author – under the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto – of both the white paper and code.”
And then it adds that the Copyright Office is “the first government agency” to recognize Craig Wright as the enigmatic bitcoin creator Satoshi Nakamoto.
The U.S. Copyright Office registers names and works, mainly acting as a repository where authors of art or literature can protect their works. It does not, as noted, provide immutable proof that this is so and that is so.
At least now we know where we shouldn’t have to search if at all we wanted to trace Satoshi’s “whereabouts“…
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