London’s High Court has paved the way to get a case that could induce its judges to have a perspective on who invented bitcoin, the world’s biggest cryptocurrency that last week soared to all-time highs.
The court has permitted Craig Wrightan Australian computer scientist that alleges he generated bitcoin, to serve a copyright violation lawsuit against the operator and writer of this bitcoin.org website, which calls Cobra, over Twitter or a generic email address.
Wright can now try and pursue his case titled Wright v Person(s) unknown,’Cobra’ — but the suspect might be resident abroad and has not disclosed that a name, address or identity, according to court filings issued Wednesday and seen by Reuters on Thursday.
The situation hinges on who wrote bitcoin’s white paper, which first outlined the tech behind the digital currency, under the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto at 2008.
The identity of Nakamoto has long been a hot topic and Wright’s claim is disputed, not least by Cobra.
Wright, who’s resident in Britain and alleges he has the evidence to support his claims, accuses Cobra of wrongfully controlling the bitcoin.org website and required that it remove the white paper.
‘The case will turn on whether the court is satisfied that Dr Wright did indeed writer – and possesses the copyright – the White Paper and, therefore, he is Satoshi Nakamoto,’ said Simon Cohen, an attorney at Ontier, symbolizing Wright.
Reached by email, Cobra stated:’We have been threatened to shoot down the Bitcoin white paper by someone who clearly isn’t the inventor of Bitcoin (if he was, that would leave him the 25th richest person in the planet, which he obviously isn’t).
‘Seems like he’s trying to misuse the UK courts to make them try to censor the white paper and frighten small sites such as us providing education content along with his behavior.’
It remains unclear whether Cobra will disclose its identity to guard the claim and prevent denying any default option in Wright’s favour.
Bitcoin has gained nearly 90 percent this season and hit a record of almost $65,000 final week.