Alleged Bitcoin inventor Craig Wright has largely prevailed in a lawsuit in Florida and does not have to transfer tens of billions of dollars in Bitcoin to the family of his deceased business partner. However, 100 million real US dollars are due due to a copyright infringement, reports CNBC. If he actually has access to the Bitcoin in question, that shouldn’t be a problem, otherwise it should. The 2018 litigation involved half of a total of 1.1 million Bitcoin that had been mined shortly after the creation of the cryptocurrency. At the beginning of the legal dispute, it was worth around 10 billion US dollars, but it is currently around 50 billion US dollars.
Alleged billions of dollars averted
Despite the 100 million fine, Wright sells the verdict as a victory. He felt fully rehabilitated, he said in one Video distributed on Twitter. If he had lost in court, he would have had to prove that he really had access to the Bitcoin in order to make the payout that was then due. There are still doubts about that. But even to pay the fine of 100 million US dollars that has now been imposed, he is likely to be dependent on the immense crypto assets. That was awarded to a joint venture that Wright founded with Kleiman. Whether something is happening on the Bitcoin addresses in question will now be followed with excitement.
Wright is an Australian computer scientist who now lives in the UK. In 2016 he caused a sensation by claiming to be the legendary Bitcoin inventor Satoshi Nakamoto. Together with his business partner Dave Kleiman, who died in 2013, he created the cryptocurrency and wrote the famous white paper on it. As the first Bitcoin miners, they would have mined the assets that were at issue in court and that are still untouched. Kleiman’s brother had accused Wright of having misappropriated Bitcoin, shares in the company’s assets and intellectual property through fraud and forged contracts. The court only agreed in part, Wright now said he felt fully rehabilitated.
Wright’s claim was initially believed by many sides, and he was even able to convince the Bitcoin core chief developer at the time. But the doubts had quickly grown and the alleged receipts had turned out to be sleight of hand like post-dated documents. Wright could prove the claims by proving that he actually has access to the Bitcoin assets in question. In court he had given assurances that he would do so if the court decided in his favor. NBC Sea he also promised to donate “the majority” of the gigantic fortune. But for that he would actually have to get the crypto money.
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