Patent filings are nothing new in the cryptocurrency industry. When people try to copyright the bitcoin whitepaper, however, a very unusual situation is created.
It is not the first discussions involving the bitcoin whitepaper surface.
Everyone has Written the Bitcoin Whitepaper
Everyone knows it was written and created by Satoshi Nakamoto.
To this date, no one knows who this person is, or even whether it is a group.
It appears that several individuals want to copyright this whitepaper, for reasons unknown.
Several filings have become public, and the count currently stands at six.
One of these claims belong to Craig Wright, the self-professed Satoshi Nakamoto.
In fact Wright has two copyright claims for the whitepaper, albeit neither has been granted at this time.
A Chinese citizen who lives in California by the name of Wei Liu has also filed a registration, albeit no one really knows why that is the case.
However, Liu has reportedly mentioned this claim was done to illustrate a point.
Anyone in the world can file a copyright for the bitcoin whitepaper.
Interestingly enough, the oldest copyright claims date back to 2008.
Two of those claims are made by Satoshi Nakamoto, whereas the third belongs to Wei Liu.
Of the 2019 claims, the other two belong to a Belgian individual by the name of Jurgen E.G. Debo, who claims to be Satoshi Nakamoto.