[Cryptography] Craig Steven Wright's Bitcoin Copyright 5-20-2019

John R. Levine johnl at iecc.com
Thu May 23 00:23:09 EDT 2019

Here's a piece in today's Financial Times making the same point, copyright 
registration proves nothing:


On Wed, 22 May 2019, John Levine wrote:

>> Craig Steven Wright's Bitcoin Copyright 5-20-2019
>> Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System.
>> https://cocatalog.loc.gov/cgi-bin/Pwebrecon.cgi?Search_Arg=Bitcoin%3A+A+Peer-to-Peer+Electronic+Cash+System&Search_Code=TALL&PID=GyPdetDjvoBFYjDbkMZ6FULpi-h_&SEQ=20190522062924&CNT=25&HIST=1
>> Bitcoin
>> https://cocatalog.loc.gov/cgi-bin/Pwebrecon.cgi?v1=6&ti=1,6&Search_Arg=Bitcoin&Search_Code=TALL&CNT=25&PID=9JqjYidH0b32RvxWXsLrkMuaEZHM&SEQ=20190522063711&SID=18
> For anyone not up on the fine points of US copyright, Craig Wright
> registered a copyright on the Nakamoto paper as "Satoshi Nakamoto,
> pseud. of Craig Steven Wright".  There's two entries because he
> registered it in April as just "Bitcoin", then amended it this month
> as "Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System."
> Copyright registrations are subject to only cursory examination so it
> is not at all surprising that they accepted it.  An interesting
> question would be who if anyone would have standing to challenge it,
> particularly if the actual Satoshi has since died.

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