The US Copyright Office says Craig Wright requested “special handling” of his copyright registrations for the Bitcoin whitepaper and code.
The move costs an additional $800 per filing and is permitted when an applicant is facing pending or prospective litigation, customs matters and contract or publishing deadlines.
“Under special handling procedures, the Office ‘will make every attempt to examine the application or the document within five working days thereafter.’
The Copyright Office’s records indicate that special handling was requested in both registration Nos. TXu002136996 (text) and TX0008708058 (computer file) issued to Craig Steven Wright on April 11 and April 13, 2019, and that the Office did accordingly expedite processing of the applications.”
Wright’s push to expedite the registrations may reflect a sense of urgency related to both the Florida lawsuit against him and his UK court case accusing podcaster Peter McCormack of writing a libelous series of tweets related to claims that the Australian computer scientist created Bitcoin under the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto.
Last month, Wright released a blog post asserting his authorship and identity, and the origins of Bitcoin.
“It’s funny, people who discount law understand so little about it and the rules of evidence. Well, with a number of court cases about to start, you are going to find out some of the history of Bitcoin…
I am the person behind the moniker Satoshi Nakamoto, and as a result of all the trolls and haters, I’m going to provide evidence. Not in a way that anonymous cowards would do. I’m going to use courts and law.”