Bitcoin defense lawyer says Craig Wright lawsuit could harm open source software


Jessica Jonas, chief legal officer of the nonprofit Bitcoin Legal Defense Fund, discussed the potential legal ramifications of a high profile lawsuit against Bitcoin core developers during the Bitcoin 2023 event in Miami on May 18.

The case in question is a U.K. legal action filed by Craig Wright, the owner/operator of Tulip Trading. Wright’s perhaps most well-known for his assertion that he is Bitcoin creator Satoshi Nakamoto — a claim driving another unrelated lawsuit.

In the case between Tulip Trading and 14 named individuals allegedly involved in the open source development of Bitcoin Core, in addition to others, Wright alleges that the said developers owe him a fiduciary duty. Jonas described the case as being about “an allegation that…

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