Why Craig Wright’s Satoshi Claim Looks Bleak

In a significant development for the crypto community, UK judge declares Craig Wright is not Bitcoin’s creator, Satoshi Nakamoto.

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  • UK Judge rules on Craig Wright’s claims about being Satoshi Nakamoto.
  • The court cites ‘overwhelming evidence.’
  • The verdict has major implications for Wright’s lawsuits over Bitcoin.

The cryptocurrency industry has long been captivated by the mystery of Satoshi Nakamoto’s true identity, the pseudonymous figure behind Bitcoin’s creation. Amidst this, Craig Wright, an Australian computer scientist, has persistently claimed to be the legendary Satoshi

In the latest development, a UK court ruling casts further doubt on Wright’s claims, while the mystery of Satoshi’s identity remains unsolved. It also has significant implications for Wright’s ongoing legal action over Bitcoin. 

Judge Dismisses Craig Wright’s Claims to Bitcoin

In a landmark March 14, 2024 ruling, UK Judge James Mellor unequivocally stated that Craig Wright is not Satoshi Nakamoto, the enigmatic creator of Bitcoin. This verdict came after the Crypto Open Patent Alliance (COPA) initiated legal action to prevent Wright from claiming intellectual property rights over Bitcoin’s technology and its founding documents.


The judgment delivered by Judge Mellor is based on an exhaustive evaluation of the evidence presented during the trial. The court found Wright’s claims lacking convincing proof, citing “overwhelming evidence” to the contrary. 

Throughout the trial, the evidence scrutinized included technical documentation, cryptographic signatures, and historical correspondences associated with the early development of Bitcoin. Experts and witnesses provided testimony about the technological knowledge required to conceive the first cryptocurrency. 

What The Ruling Means for Craigh Wright and Bitcoin

The trial, concluding with Judge Mellor’s decisive remarks, marks a significant moment in the ongoing debate over Bitcoin’s creator’s true identity and the legitimacy of Wright’s claims to the title. This ruling challenges Wright’s assertions and holds profound implications for the future of Bitcoin’s intellectual property claims and the legal battles surrounding them.


Craig Wright has been claiming he is Satoshi Nakamoto since 2016. These assertions have been met with skepticism, with Wright unable to give cryptographic proof of ownership of the early Bitcoin keys. Following the controversy, Wright helped establish Bitcoin Satoshi Vision, which emerged from a contentious hard fork of Bitcoin Cash (BCH). 

On the Flipside

  • Despite the ruling, Satoshi Nakamoto’s true identity remains one of the most enduring mysteries in cryptocurrency.
  • Satoshi’s mystery is an advantage for Bitcoin, as a lack of a clear figurehead boosts its decentralization narrative. 

Why This Matters

The ruling reinforces Bitcoin’s legacy as a decentralized and open-source project, free from the control of any single individual or entity. 

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David Marsanic

David Marsanic is a journalist for DailyCoin who covers the intersection of crypto, traditional finance, and government. He focuses on institutionalized crypto entities like major cryptocurrency exchanges and Solana, breaking down complex topics into easy-to-understand writing. David's prior experience as a business journalist at various crypto and traditional news sites has enabled him to maintain a critical approach to news while adhering to high journalistic integrity standards.