Craig Wright accused of forging date in key document in COPA trial

Craig Wright

7th February 2024 – (Hong Kong) In the ongoing Craig Wright v. COPA trial, the plaintiff has alleged that Wright forged the date on his well-known document titled “Nakamoto is the Japanese Adam Smith.”

This document holds significant importance in the case, as Wright presented it in a video back in 2019, claiming to be the original creator of Bitcoin, Satoshi Nakamoto. The date stamp on the document indicates that it originated in 2008, prior to the publication of the Bitcoin whitepaper.

COPA, the Cryptocurrency Open Patent Alliance, pointed out that the numeral “08” in the document’s date appeared smaller than the “20” and was misaligned, suggesting possible alterations or forgery. While Wright acknowledged the visual discrepancies, he maintained the document’s authenticity, stating that he had possessed it for a considerable period and could not recall its origin.

Wright also mentioned that he does not personally manage his Twitter account, which had previously asserted the authenticity of the document.

During the trial, COPA presented the findings of Mr. Madden, an expert who compared the document to versions found in online archives. Madden noted issues with alignment and differences in footers compared to those typical of the 2008 period. Wright disputed these observations, arguing about the variability of database formats.

Wright rejected the suggestion that COPA’s expert had found the original document, claiming it was part of an effort to discredit him. He further emphasized that if the document were forged, it would have been done flawlessly, insinuating that he would not have made such amateurish mistakes.

The trial will proceed with further testimonies and cross-examination. The proceedings are expected to last several weeks as both parties are prepared for an extensive legal battle.

The legal dispute originated in 2016 when Dr. Craig Wright, an Australian computer scientist, publicly declared himself as Nakamoto and asserted intellectual property rights associated with Bitcoin. COPA, a coalition of prominent crypto stakeholders, filed a lawsuit against Wright, seeking a court declaration that the Bitcoin whitepaper is in the public domain and that no individual holds copyright claims over it or the name “Bitcoin.”

COPA was established to prevent patent aggression and ensure open access to cryptocurrency technology.