The saga on the contest to claim the right to the ownership of the Bitcoin Whitepaper has taken a rather satirical dimension.
A Chinese Bitcoin entrepreneur, Wei Liu, has just filed a counter copyright application for the original Bitcoin Whitepaper.
Unlike Craig Wright who claimed to be the real Satoshi Nakamoto, Wei Liu is not making the same claim to the persona. He is actually saying anyone can claim to be Satoshi Nakamoto. This is because the US Copyrights Office legally does not verify the authenticity of the filing particularly when the work was done under a pseudonym.
Recently, Craig Wright, a Bitcoin entrepreneur who was behind the Bitcoin hard-forked token, Bitcoin SV (BSV), filed an application with the US copyrights Office to claim the authorship of the whitepaper. While Craig has been countered by various quarters in the crypto community for being an impostor, others challenged him to move some of the Bitcoins in the ‘Satoshi Wallet’, the first Bitcoin address that Satoshi created during the development of the project.
In 2009, under the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto, the original Bitcoin Whitepaper with the title: “Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System” was published on the Internet. Till date, the identity of the individual who submitted the whitepaper has not been verified.
People familiar with the Bitcoin project claimed that the name was a collective name for a group of developers and engineers who worked on the project rather than the name of a single person.