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Remove Faketoshi Petition Attracts 1,000 Signatures


A petition has launched calling for Karyn Temple, the Registrar of Copyrights, to ‘Remove Craig Wright’s name from Bitcoin whitepaper copyright’. The petition hosted on Change.org has already attracted over 1,000 supporters.

Craig Wright’s copyright land-grab on the Bitcoin white paper and original code has prompted a range of responses including mirth, dismay and anger from different elements of the crypto community, that many now refer to Wright as ‘faketoshi’. One of the measures of collective support against it comes in the form of a petition on Change.org, a global campaigning and mobilisation platform.

The petition asks Karyn Temple, the US Registrar of Copyrights, to remove Wright’s name from the copyright of the Bitcoin white paper. After gaining support from numerous media outlets, the petition has collected 1,093 votes at the time of writing.

The Copyright Office has already responded to questions about this episode, stating: ‘As a general rule, when the Copyright Office receives an application for registration, the claimant certifies as to the truth of the statements made in the submitted materials. The Copyright Office does not investigate the truth of any statement made. In a case in which a work is registered under a pseudonym, the Copyright Office does not investigate whether there is a provable connection between the claimant and the pseudonymous author.’

In short, the Copyright Office does not officially recognise Wright as the author of the Bitcoin white paper or code; it simply recognises him as the person who has registered copyright, without investigating the legitimacy or likelihood of that claim.

Reasons for signing the petition given on Change.org include:

‘Betrüger’ is a German word meaning ‘fraud’. Synonyms include ‘Schwindler’.


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