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Hodlonaut Photo Incident Sparks Judge’s Livestream Warning in Wright-COPA Case

Jimmy Aki
Last updated: | 2 min read
Hodlonaut Photo
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On February 9, during a tense moment in the trial between Craig Wright, who claims to be the inventor of Bitcoin, and the Crypto Open Patent Alliance (COPA), presiding Judge Mellor issued a warning. The cause: a courtroom photo of Bitcoin influencer Hodlonaut was uploaded without authorization, threatening the continuation of the trial’s live stream.

Unauthorized Hodlonaut Photo Triggers Judge’s Ire


The incident came to light when X user @bitnorbert reported crypto influencer Hodlonaut’s photo appearing online, allegedly taken from the trial’s livestream.

Consequently, the matter has been brought to the attention of presiding Judge Mellor, who deemed it contempt of court.

In today’s opening remarks, the judge stated that the photo upload violated the terms of service and could end the subsequent livestream of the trial.

Currently, the photo uploader’s identity is unknown, and the court is uncertain whether the individual took the shot themselves or if someone supplied the image. Regardless, Judge Mellor criticized the gallery members, emphasizing that such events should not recur.

In a previous legal battle, self-proclaimed Bitcoin inventor Craig Wright sued Hodlonaut in Norway. Following that lawsuit, Hodlonaut took to X, alleging that Wright threatened and harassed him, hoping he would ‘fold.’

The ongoing legal battle with the pro-Bitcoin advocacy group COPA has exposed his web of lies, however.

Craig Wright Received ‘Commercial Loan’ from Calvin Ayre


Meanwhile, the trial continued with Wright’s cross-examination by COPA. In one of the correspondences, the COPA team asked the defendant about the screenshots obtained from an Ontier machine. The date the screenshot was taken is the point of conflict.

According to COPA, the timestamp on the screenshot shows “March 9, 2020,” while the one on the bottom of the document shows “March 9th, 2020,” which is irregular. The COPA team surmised that the documents were downloaded online, and several screenshots were taken.

Another point of contention was the financing of Wright’s legal battle against the Bitcoin developer community. According to a Reuters report, billionaire Calvin Ayre is financing the war campaign launched by Wright, who also happens to be the co-founder of the Bitcoin Satoshi Vision (BSV) network.

Ayre reportedly financed Wright’s Bitcoin patent filing sometime ago. The COPA team has since denied these allegations, saying Wright took out a ‘commercial loan’ to aid in his lawsuits.

Documents of screenshots presented by the COPA pointed to the former, however.

According to the team, an IRC chat message between the two men showed they were in close contact.