By CCN: We previously reported on Craig Wright’s legal actions against Peter McCormack, host of the What Bitcoin Did podcast. Wright claims McCormack engaged in libel by calling him a “fraud” for claiming to be Satoshi Nakamoto. McCormack has received his second notice from Wright’s…
By CCN: We previously reported on Craig Wright’s legal actions against Peter McCormack, host of the What Bitcoin Did podcast. Wright claims McCormack engaged in libel by calling him a “fraud” for claiming to be Satoshi Nakamoto. McCormack has received his second notice from Wright’s legal team, which claims in part that the podcaster failed to acknowledge the suit against him properly.
McCormack had previously sent a letter to the law firm, stating that he was fully prepared to defend his claim. He also doubled-down on that claim.
The new letter from Wright’s lawyers describes a few scenarios. In one of them, McCormack has to back down and say in a UK court that he committed libel against Wright when he alleged that Wright wasn’t Bitcoin creator Satoshi Nakamoto.
“In the event that he obtains [an order of default judgment], our client will be entitled to apply to the court for […] an order permitting a statement to be read in open court. In that statement our client would seek to vindicate his reputation publicly by explaining that you libeled him. The statement will refer to what you said about our client, namely that he falsely and fraudulently claimed to be Satoshi Nakamoto; and will explain that this was untrue. It will also refer to any award damages that the court makes against you.”
The letter continues to say that Wright would prefer not to have a default judgment. In the belief that he can convince a court he is, in fact, Satoshi Nakamoto, Wright wishes for McCormack to defend his claims that Wright is a fraud.
“[Craig Wright] wishes to achieve proper vindication by refuting [Peter McCormack’s] claims that he has lied about his role in creating bitcoin.”
Wright recently registered a copyright claim for the Bitcoin whitepaper and much of its early code. Experts have opined that this will make no considerable impact on the current state of Bitcoin development.
McCormack’s supporters and Bitcoin aficionados generally have been none too pleased with Wright’s ligation against people who doubt his identity as Satoshi Nakamoto. The several lawsuits have already led to Bitcoin SV being delisted from several cryptocurrency exchanges. Its remaining exchanges saw a large-scale pump this week when news of Wright’s copyright registration broke.
Since announcing the last letter from Wright’s lawyers, McCormack claims he will be well-represented.
Many of the responses to McCormack’s tweet felt that because he hasn’t been more attentive to the case, he’s failing the crypto community broadly.
One user warned against failing to respond:
Another pointed out that Craig Wright previously referred to Satoshi Nakamoto as another person altogether:
Currently, Craig Wright is involved in at least two court cases which might ultimately require him to prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that he is Satoshi Nakamoto.
In the other, he is on the defense against claims by the estate of Dave Kleiman, which says he wrongly procured a massive horde of coins from Kleiman.
Calvin Ayre recently said that “more evidence” will be revealed at the CoinGeek Toronto conference at the end of this month. CCN will be on the scene.
This article was edited by Josiah Wilmoth.
Last modified: January 10, 2020 2:44 PM UTC