No, the latest person to claim authorship of the bitcoin code created under the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto isn’t its original creator, rather he’s just out to satirize that such a thing could even be attempted at all.
Wei Liu, CEO of crypto fund MarvelousPeach Capital, registered a copyright for “Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System” last week, it was revealed today, making him the second individual to copyright the famous document. We tracked him down in Beijing to get clarity on his attempt to wrest to control or, most likely, comment on Craig S. Wright’s white paper registration.
Liu is a crypto entrepreneur from China and said his goal in registering the document was to point out that copyright is technically meaningless in this context.
He also wanted to poke fun at what he calls “CSW cultists.”
He told CoinDesk:
“I filed it just to let people know anyone can register a copyright. Everyone can be Satoshi Nakamoto.”
“Now we can both show our credentials and see who ends up wearing an orange suit!” Craig Wright told Decrypt in response to our initial story.
Liu’s filing is dated May 24, a few days after Wright registered his copyright. Liu posted on Weibo that he was “making fun of CSW’s ‘cult group,’ who previously said only CSW can register a copyright, no one else.”
Clearly, as we see, someone else can.
Wolfie Zhao contributed reporting.
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