- A COPA lawsuit against Craig Wright has begun in the UK.
- The prosecution demanded that the programmer be prohibited from ever calling himself Satoshi Nakamoto.
On February 5, 2024, the UK Supreme Court began proceedings in the lawsuit of the Crypto Open Patent Alliance (COPA) against programmer Craig Wright. The prosecution called him a liar who forged documents for many years, reports CoinDesk.
The crux of the matter
COPA filed suit against Wright in 2021. In it, the organization disputes the latter’s claim that he is the creator of Bitcoin.
“We have hope that this bully will back down if he feels rebuffed. We're seeking an injunction to stop Wright from ever doing this again. [выдавать себя за Сатоши Накамото]“,” a COPA representative noted in a comment to the publication.
Prosecution lawyer Jonathan Hough said Wright used forgery to prove copyright on the Bitcoin white paper. COPA found “metadata anomalies” in the evidence provided. They indicate that Wright used a different code.
The defense denied the accusations of forgery. The experts' findings were explained here by a complex computer environment that involved collaboration on a project.
“COPA has not provided conclusive evidence that Wright is not Satoshi Nakamoto. His experience and qualifications would allow him to create a project like Bitcoin,” the defense appealed.
At the end of the hearing, Judge James Mellor allowed Wright's new evidence to be used in the trial, but with the condition that it would undergo COPA peer review. The process is expected to drag on for several months, the publication noted.
Wright's previous attempts to prove his authorship
The self-proclaimed Satoshi Nakamoto has filed several lawsuits, including against the developers of Bitcoin Core and large crypto exchanges. In most cases, Wright was defeated, as in the case of Peter McCormack.
The court satisfied the plaintiff's demands for compensation, but set the amount at £1. The reason for this was Wright's lies during the proceedings.