The U.S. Copyright Office has countered claims that it allowed copyright protection to someone falsely claiming to be the original author of Bitcoin’s “white paper”.
The filer – Craig Steven Wright – filed for protection on the document, which acts as a guide for how the cryptocurrency works. The document was originally penned under the unknown alias of Satoshi Nakamoto, who is also accredited as having developed Bitcoin. Wright claims to be its author.
In response to wide spread claims that Wright isn’t Nakamoto, the Copyright Office said they do not investigate whether there is a provable connection between the claimant and the pseudonymous author, and the claimant certifies as to the truth of the statements made in the submitted materials.
However, the Copyright Office said it asked Wright to confirm he was the author and claimant of the works being registered, which he did.