Craig Steven Wright Granted US Copyright Registration for Bitcoin

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Thomas DeMichele

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The US Copyright office granted Craig Steven Wright copyright registrations for the Bitcoin paper and Bitcoin code. This is true even though there is a debate over whether or not Craig is Satoshi.

According to CoinGeek and verifiable via cocatalog.loc.gov (the official government website that lists copyrights).

Here are the official links TXu 2-136-996 (Copyright registration for the Bitcoin Whitepaper) and TX-8-708-058 (Copyright registration for the Bitcoin code).

Here is the official word from CoinGeek (CoinGeek is owned by Calvin Ayre who is Wright’s partner):


After receiving confirmation from Wright that he is Satoshi Nakamoto, the Copyright Office granted the following registrations:

• U.S. copyright registration no. TXu 2-136-996, effective date April 11, 2019, for the paper entitled Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System, with year of completion 2008. The registration recognizes the author as Craig Steven Wright, using the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto.

• U.S. copyright registration no. TX-8-708-058, effective date April 13, 2019, for computer program entitled Bitcoin, with year of completion 2009 and date of first publication January 3, 2009. The registration recognizes the author as Craig Steven Wright, using the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto. Wright wrote most of version 0.1 of the Bitcoin client software, and the registration covers the portions he authored.

So, what does this mean?

Well it means that Craig met the standards set out by the US Copyright office for getting a copyright registered.

It doesn’t mean a ton beyond that though. Bitcoin’s code was already distributed under a MIT License, which essentially means it is open source (but allows proprietary closed source derivitives; so you could copy Bitcoin’s code and create a closed source project based on that).

It is likely that Wright is taking these steps to help save his BSV project and help prove his claim that he is Satoshi.

Of course, getting a copyright registered doesn’t prove a person is Satoshi, it just proves they checked enough boxes with the US Copyright office to get them to say they are.


Craig Wright filed a copyright registration for the Bitcoin whitepaper https://t.co/aIvg2BbmL2 pic.twitter.com/TVdU62TRRv

— Neeraj K. Agrawal (@NeerajKA) May 21, 2019

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