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Craig Wright, an Australian computer scientist and self-proclaimed Satoshi Nakamoto, has had his Bitcoin copyright claim dismissed by a London court, saying the subject matter was “never expressed or modified”. .
in court dominateJudge James Mellor has ruled that bitcoin is a “file format” for digital transactions that are combined to form blocks within a blockchain, and therefore is treated as a work of literature and cannot be protected by copyright. Stated.
“[…] Evidence that the Bitcoin file format was set either in software or in early blocks written onto the Bitcoin blockchain, as opposed to the Bitcoin software simply reading and writing files in that format. No,” the judge wrote.
He added that the Bitcoin File Format cannot be copyrighted because it has not been adequately expressed and described by the complainant.
“I have no prospect of law permitting copyright protection for subject matter that is not specified or fixed anywhere, as currently stated and understood in case law.”
The ruling reiterated that no work describing Bitcoin’s proprietary file format was seen by the court, despite the fact that Wright was given “ample opportunity” to provide this. rice field.
“It remains the case that no relevant ‘works’ containing content defining the structure of the Bitcoin file format have been identified,” Judge Mellor wrote in his decision, concluding:
“As I have discovered, I see no reason why defendants should be burdened with this particular claim, if there are no serious issues to bring to justice.”
It’s not the first time Wright has lost in court.
It’s not the latest ruling from the UK that Craig Wright has gone to court to defend his claim to be the creator of Bitcoin and the author of the Bitcoin whitepaper.
In a separate case in Norway late last year involving Craig Wright and popular bitcoiner Hodronout, the court ruled that the “dominant opinion in the media” was that “Wright is unlikely to be Satoshi Nakamoto.” He pointed out that it was and still is.
On this basis, a Norwegian court ruling clarified that anyone who openly questions Wright’s claim to be Satoshi is protected by free speech law.
“On this background, the Court [Hodlonaut] In March 2019, there was enough factual basis to claim that Craig Wright wasn’t Satoshi Nakamoto. […] Wright makes controversial claims and must stand up to criticism from his opponents,” the ruling said.