On May 24, Chinese woman Wei Liu, a former employee of the Bibox cryptocurrency exchange, registered the copyright to a Bitcoin technical description. Craig Wright, the self-proclaimed Father of Bitcoin, who claims that he is Satoshi Nakamoto, did the same a few days earlier.
Wright’s act caused a negative public reaction, and well-known crypto-enthusiast and billionaire John McAfee urged the bitcoin community to massively register bitcoin rights with the Copyright Office (U.S. Copyright Office) to laugh at Wright.
Note that the registration of copyright does not give ownership and is not an official patent. The procedure allows anyone who wants to register anything to prepare for, for example, a lawsuit on the right of ownership.
However, Twitter users happily accepted the news of Liu's rights registration, suggesting that soon there will be even more such facts of registration.
Liu's application contains a reference to the “Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System” document, while Wright, in addition, registered the rights to a second document, including the term Bitcoin.
In response to numerous requests for comment, representatives of the Copyright Office stated:
«In a case in which a work is registered under a pseudonym, the Copyright Office does not investigate whether there is a provable connection between the claimant and the pseudonymous author».
In turn, the representative of Wright holds the opposite opinion:
«US Copyright Office Says It ‘Recognize’ Craig Wright as Satoshi».
Now two parties claiming the status of the creator of Bitcoin will probably defend their rights in court.