• A UK court ruled against Craig Wright, denying his claim that he had copyright over Bitcoin’s code.
• This is the latest in a series of rulings against Wright and demonstrates that Bitcoin is open-source and not copyrighted.
• The ruling serves as a victory for open-source developers and the Bitcoin community, ensuring that anyone can contribute without fear of legal repercussions.
Ruling Against Craig Wright
A United Kingdom court has ruled against Craig Wright, indicating that he has no copyright claim over Bitcoin’s code. According to the Tuesday ruling, Wright’s claim that the formatting of Bitcoin blocks is his intellectual property failed in the court of law, due to the inability to demonstrate what is known as “fixation.”
Fixation describes the ability to show the first recording of a piece of work, which Wright could not do. This is the latest in a series of court rulings against Wright’s favor, with the Norwegian courts ruling against him in the case against Hodlonaut, and the United Kingdom ruling against him in his case with Peter McCormack.
Fear Among Developers
For Bitcoin developers and open-source code developers, the attacks by Craig Wright have been a moment of hesitancy and even fear. The litigation that ties up developers as a result of these lawsuits is incredibly expensive and creates major problems in their lives. While funds have been put together before to support those who need it, rulings that reinforce Bitcoin’s open-source nature are important precedents for development teams.
Victory for Open Source Community
This ruling serves as a victory for open source developers and Bitcoiners alike by ensuring access to its development without fear of legal repercussions or limited access due to copyrights on coding language formats.
To further support those affected by this type of litigation fundraising campaigns are often organized by members within this community so they can continue their contributions safely and securely while being prepared incase any legal issues arise from their efforts.