Craig Wright’s day of reckoning arrives in UK Court – Did he really invent Bitcoin?


  • The United Kingdom High Court is expected to examine if the Australian computer scientist Craig Wright is the person behind the pseudonymous creator of Bitcoin, Satoshi Nakamoto.
  • Craig Wright has been claiming to be Satoshi since 2016, without providing any evidence. He must prove it in court eight years and several legal battles later.
  • The recent legal proceedings, initiated by the Crypto Open Patent Alliance (COPA) and supported by influential figures like Jack Dorsey, seek a court ruling to determine the authenticity of Wright’s claim. 

Dr. Craig Wright, a computer scientist, has asserted himself as the elusive creator of Bitcoin, known by the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto. This bold claim has prompted legal actions and a thorough examination in the UK High Court. 

Craig Wright first publicly declared his association with Satoshi Nakamoto in 2016, sparking controversy within the cryptocurrency community. Over the years, he has taken legal measures against developers and exchanges, further intensifying the debate surrounding his credibility.

Craig Wright’s Final Bid to Prove Bitcoin Invention

A significant trial for the future of Bitcoin BTC begins on February 5. The United Kingdom High Court will decide whether Craig Wright, an Australian computer scientist, is the pseudonymous creator of Bitcoin, Satoshi Nakamoto. 

As recorded, the Crypto Open Patent Alliance (COPA) brought up this issue. This non-profit organization seeks to limit the impact of patents and lawsuits on the development of the crypto industry.

Since 2016, Wright has claimed to be Satoshi without providing evidence. He must prove it in court eight years and multiple legal battles later. The ruling could have an impact on many of the cases he is now challenging if not all of them. 

The COPA claim began in April 2021 to “seek a declaration (in effect) that Dr. Wright is not Satoshi Nakamoto,” according to court filings.

Under his alias, Satoshi, Wright has initiated legal action against organizations and developers who, in his opinion, are illegally using and modifying his software. Despite Wright’s various court cases, the COPA claim is crucial since it focuses on the identity question.

On January 24, just a few days before the trial, Wright extended a settlement offer to COPA and all of the other parties involved. His plan was to end the COPA claim and three others. He stated:

This settlement offer preserves my objective of maintaining the integrity of the Bitcoin system as it was initially developed while limiting (for all parties) the needless expense of a lengthy High Court trial, which would take our collective focus away from supporting, adopting, and advancing digital currency technologies.

Craig Wright 

However, COPA gave a “hard pass” as an answer. “Just like Craig Wright forges documents and doesn’t quite tell the truth, his description of the settlement offer isn’t quite accurate either – it comes with loopholes that would allow him to sue people all over again,” COPA said in a follow-up post to X. More crucially, the settlement requires COPA to accept Wright’s Satoshiness.

So, what’s the truth?

According to COPA and other experts, there are several forgeries among the elements presented by Wright as proof. “The sheer number of file date alterations, impossible claims of files from 2007 being created from software only available in 2014, blaming (undocumented) advice from prior lawyers, etc. is unprecedented – this person is troubled,” law and intellectual property expert J Nicholas Gross wrote on X.

So Wright must not only address these concerns but also better support his Satoshi claim. The trial is likely to run at least four weeks, however, it may take longer to prove or reject Wright’s claim.

Nakamoto published Bitcoin’s foundation text, Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System, on October 31, 2008. Nakamoto then exchanged emails with the currency’s early adopters before disappearing in 2011.

Speculation regarding Nakamoto’s true identity has persisted ever since, including a failed unmasking by Newsweek in 2014.

Wright informed a Norwegian court in 2022 that he had destroyed the computer hard drive that would have allowed him to access the keys. The bitcoin market is now worth approximately $830 billion (£657 billion).

The crypto community is keen to see how all this pans out. One user on X writes “We are all Satoshi, except Craig Wright. I hope COPA absolutely destroy him in court this week. It’s time.” Another user adds:

With both skepticism and support surrounding his assertions, the UK High Court is tasked with examining the evidence and making a decisive ruling on whether Craig Wright can substantiate his assertion of being Satoshi Nakamoto, the enigmatic figure behind the creation of Bitcoin.

This complex legal battle raises crucial questions about the true identity of Satoshi Nakamoto and the legitimacy of Wright’s claims, highlighting the intersection of technology, law, and the evolving landscape of crypto.

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Florence Muchai

Florence is a crypto enthusiast and writer who loves to travel. As a digital nomad, she explores the transformative power of blockchain technology. Her writing reflects the limitless possibilities for humanity to connect and grow.

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