A second application for copyright protection covering the original Bitcoin white paper has been unearthed days after the controversial first filing was discovered.
Craig Steven Wright filed for copyright protection on the white paper, originally penned by blockchain creator Satoshi Nakamoto—a name used by the unknown person or persons who developed bitcoin and authored the whitepaper—at the US Copyright Office on 28 May.
Wei Lei from the US, filed the second application covering the same white paper, accompanied by the same pseudonym.
The original identity of ‘Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System author Satoshi Nakamoto’ is unknown.
Ran Neu-Ner, founder and CEO of Onchain Capital, a crypto investment and advisory business and the host of CNBC’s Crypto Trade Show, previously said the idea of Wright obtaining copyright protection for the document was “a scary thought”.
In response to mass claims that Wright isn’t the author, the US Copyright Office asked Wright to confirm he was the author and claimant of the works being registered, which he did.
The office also emphasised that it “does not investigate whether there is a provable connection between the claimant and the pseudonymous author”.