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Cryptoverse is Laughing at ‘Faketoshi’s’ Recent Move, BSV Jumps 70%

Sead Fadilpašić
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In what was a baffling move to many cryptofans, Craig Wright, who claims to be Satoshi Nakamoto, creator of Bitcoin, has filed registrations with the U.S. Copyright Office and has been granted U.S. copyright registrations yesterday for the original Bitcoin white paper and Bitcoin code (version 0.1).

Craig Wright. Source: a video screenshot, Youtube, Crypto Finder

What this essentially means is that these registrations, “Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System” and “Bitcoin,” recognize Wright, under the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto, as the author of the white paper and code. What it does not mean, however, is that this type of registration indicates either ownership or official patent. According to the U.S. Copyright Office, Computer code and white papers can be copyrighted as long as they are considered literary works. The office just registers a person as an author of a work, but does not investigate its accuracy.

In either case, Bitcoin SV (BSV), the Bitcoin Cash fork backed by Wright, doubled in value following the news, before correcting lower. At pixel time (15:33 UTC), it trades at USD 104, or 69% more than 24 hours ago.

Jerry Brito, executive director at Coin Center, a crypto-focused research and advocacy center, and Emin Gün Sirer, professor at Cornell University and founder and CEO at blockchain startup Ava Labs, discuss this further in their respective tweets.

“In the future, Wright intends to assign the copyright registrations to Bitcoin Association to hold for the benefit of the Bitcoin ecosystem. Bitcoin Association is a global industry organization for Bitcoin businesses. It supports BSV and owns the Bitcoin SV client software,” according to a press release from Wright.

There have been numerous debates about who stands behind the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto, and once Wright began claiming it was him, skeptics nicknamed him ‘Faketoshi’ as he failed to provide any proof of this. Given such heated discussions, people reacted quickly to this news as well, and some have even given finding the true Satoshi another try.

Others, like John McAfee, a crypto advocate and founder of software company McAfee Associates, and attorney Michael Sevarino, seem to find the whole situation rather silly.