Second 'real' Satoshi, Wei Liu, breaks silence: ‘Everyone can be satoshi’

30 May, 2019 | Updated: 30 May, 2019
by Joeri Cant
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 Second 'real' Satoshi, Wei Liu, breaks silence: ‘Everyone can be satoshi’

Wei Liu, the individual who recently laid claim to the authorship of the Bitcoin code created under the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto, has come forward and explains why he did it.

Wei Liu, a Chinese citizen who currently is residing in California, attempted to copyright the Bitcoin whitepaper 'Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System', which was published back in 2008, on May 24.

Many have welcomed this latest development in the 'I am Satoshi' debacle, as anything that disputes Wright's claim to be Satoshi is seen as a positive.

Coindesk tracked Wei Liu down, found him in Beijing, China, to seek some clarity in the matter.

Liu, who is a crypto entrepreneur from China, said that it was his goal to register the document, so he could point out that copyright is technically meaningless in this context.

While doing so, he also wanted to take the opportunity to poke some fun at what he calls the CSW cultists.

'I filed it just to let people know anyone can register a copyright. Everyone can be Satoshi Nakamoto', he said.

Recently Chepicap reported that Craig Wright had applied for a copyright on the original Bitcoin whitepaper, as well as much of the code. Since it was granted, Wright used this as evidence that he had been officially recognized by the US government as Satoshi Nakamoto.

However, the Copyright Office has since released an official statement that it has not, in fact, determined or recognized the validity of Wright's claim, as that is not their purpose.

Clearly we now know that pretty much anyone can apply for a copyright on the original Bitcoin whitepaper.

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