Craig Wright, the man who claims to be Satoshi Nakamoto, faces a civil lawsuit challenging the veracity of his claims. Wright, who in 2016 proclaimed himself the true creator of Bitcoin, was sued by Ira Kleiman, who accuses Wright of stealing Bitcoin’s intellectual property from his late brother Dave Kleiman. According to Ira, his brother Dave created Bitcoin together with his then partner Craig. However, the Australian scientist denies Dave’s collaboration in the creation of Bitcoin, due to his deteriorating health. Previously, Wright acknowledged having created a partnership with Dave and having been his friend for many years.
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The trial, which officially began on Monday, November 1, takes place in the city of Miami, United States, before a panel of ten jurors. So far, Ira Kleiman is presenting a series of tests with which he intends to demonstrate his brother’s association with Craig Wright and his involvement in the creation of Bitcoin. Meanwhile, the scientist is expected to be called to testify in court between now and Monday next week. Ira’s evidence includes emails, documents and information provided by Wright himself to Kleiman.
Craig Wright says he’s Satoshi Nakamoto
The crypto community hopes that, through the current trial, it will be clarified who was really behind the creation of Bitcoin, recognized as the greatest financial and technological innovation of all time.
The dispute between Wright and Kleiman began in 2018, when Ira sued Wright for stealing his brother Dave’s intellectual property and illegally appropriating the bitcoins they mined online during the years 2009-2013. According to Wright, he and Dave created a partnership to safeguard the bitcoins mined by both during the first years of the cryptocurrency’s life. Previously there was talk of a trust called Tulip Trust, while now a spin-off company is spoken of by name W&K Info Defense Research, LLC. In his statements, Wright had maintained that both he and Dave shared and managed the private keys of the bitcoins guarded by said company, so when Dave passed away, the private keys and, therefore, access to the bitcoins were lost. Wright assured that he does not have access to the guarded bitcoins and that he will never be able to have it.
Forgery of signatures
However, despite declaring under oath the existence of said society, Wright has not been able to prove its existence. The documents presented by the Australian scientist seem to show signs of falsification, in the case of Tulip Trust, so Ira Kleiman decided to file a lawsuit against Wright. Ira accuses Wright of forging signatures and forging documents to illegally appropriate his late brother’s estate. He also accuses him of denying Dave’s involvement in the creation and development of the Bitcoin source code, in an attempt to seize its intellectual property as well. Wright has tried to patent Bitcoin by excluding Dave.
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Three weeks of trial
The importance of Bitcoin is reflected in its massive adoption and its value. Since its creation 12 years ago, its unit value is $ 62,000. The bitcoins guarded by the supposed partnership between Craig and Dave exceed 1 million BTC. An incredible fortune today. The trial against Craig Wright will last about 3 weeks, so it is likely that later this month it will be discovered once and for all if he is indeed the creator of Bitcoin or he is lying, as many people believe.
Although Wright proclaimed himself Satoshi Nakamoto, he is known as “Fake Satoshi” by much of the community. The nickname derives from Wright’s failed attempts to prove himself the real Satoshi. Wright’s statements have also been singled out in court for inconsistencies. The scientist has even been accused of hiring witnesses to give false testimonies and of lying numerous times in court. In his discharge and to justify his faults, his defense alleges that Wright suffers from autism.
145 addresses from Satoshi’s time
One of Wright’s best-known deception attempts with the courts and the crypto community occurred last year. During an episode of the Wright vs. Kleiman case in May 2020, Wright presented as evidence a list of Bitcoin addresses that belonged to the Tulip Trust. As he declared under oath, he was the owner of that list of 145 Bitcoin addresses. However, he had lost access and control to these addresses with Dave’s death, so he could not access the bitcoins stored in them. It should be clarified that the bitcoins in these addresses were mined in Satoshi’s time, between 2009 and 2010.
Wright stayed in evidence when, surprisingly, miners from Satoshi’s time began to move those addresses, claiming in a message that Wright is a fraud.
Liar and fraud
Messages Against Craig Wright From 145 “His” Addresses Strengthen Bitcoin
Craig Steven Wright is a liar and a fraud. You do not have the keys used to sign this message “, indicates part of the message signed by the miners.
145 Bitcoin addresses debunk their lie
The 145 Bitcoin addresses that Wright declared as his signed the message with their respective private keys to dismantle his lie. In the crypto industry, a user can prove ownership of a Bitcoin address by signing a message with the private key in question, which can be verified using the public key. In Wright’s case, the Australian scientist has not yet been able to prove that he owns the private keys to anything that belongs to the real Satoshi. Nor does his evidence match anything he has claimed so far.
In 2015, Satoshi Nakamoto’s email address also posted a message saying: I’m not Craig Wright. We are all Satoshi.
Bitcoin white paper
Although for many years much of the crypto community did not take Wright’s claim about ownership of Bitcoin seriously, today the situation has become complicated. In June this year, Wright won a lawsuit against “Cobra”, the anonymous operator of the web portal Bitcoin.org, being forced to remove the Bitcoin whitepaper from the portal due to Wright’s demands. However, it should be clarified that Wright won the lawsuit because Cobra chose not to appear in court to protect his anonymity. And not because Wright proved with real evidence that he is Satoshi.
Wright wins trial in which Nakamoto claims, when Cobra does not want to break anonymity
Decentralization and freedom
The court’s ruling in Wright’s favor has cost Wright numerous complaints, who insists on appropriating a decentralized technology that was born to bring freedom to all. The Bitcoin whitepaper was published under an open source MIT license. This means that both the document and the code can be reproduced, copied and, much more, completely freely.
Wright’s lawsuit against Bitcoin.org and Bitcoin Core further strengthened the crypto community, which continues to defend Bitcoin’s freedom over and above Wright’s intentions. Currently, more than 100 web portals, including the official website of the Miami municipal government, Facebook, Fidelity, MicroStrategy and many others, keep the Bitcoin technical document published as a sign of freedom. Also, more than 150 bitcoiners from all over the world have come together to give voice to Satoshi and his wonderful creation in English and Spanish.
The City of Miami believes in #Bitcoin and I’m working day and night to turn Miami into a hub for crypto innovation.
— Mayor Francis Suarez (@FrancisSuarez) January 27, 2021
Bitcoiners vs Craig Wright
Faced with Wright’s claim, of wanting to appropriate an open source technology, the leaders of the crypto community have organized in the Cryptocurrency Open Patent Alliance. The alliance, known as COPA for its acronym in English, is an organization that seeks to defend the freedom and decentralization with which Bitcoin was born and with which it must continue to exist over time.
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In April, COPA filed a demand against Wright before the High Court of the United Kingdom in order to protect all those that Wright has threatened to sue for publishing the BTC whitepaper.