Australian laptop scientist and self-proclaimed Satoshi Nakamoto, Craig Wright, has been defeated in a defamation case in Norway in opposition to the favored Bitcoin (BTC) influencer Hodlonaut.
The win for Hodlonaut got here after a seven-day trial in Oslo, Norway in September. The trial took place after Hodlonaut sued Wright in Norway in an try to keep away from one other lawsuit that was introduced in opposition to him in the UK by Wright.
Central to the case was whether or not Hodlonaut, an outspoken critic of Wright and his Bitcoin SV (BSV) cryptocurrency, was justified in calling Wright a liar and a fraud in 2019.
According to a transcript of the ruling, “the prevailing opinion in the media” has been, and nonetheless is, that “Wright is unlikely to be Satoshi Nakamoto.”
As such, Hodlonaut’s tweets the place he referred to as Wright a fraud have been justifiable, the decide concluded:
“Against this background, the court believes that [Hodlonaut] had sufficient factual grounds to claim that Craig Wright is not Satoshi Nakamoto in March 2019 […] Wright has come out with a controversial claim, and must withstand criticism from dissenters.”
Hodlonaut himself celebrated the win on Twitter:
The ruling additionally touched on the truth that Wright has by no means supplied any cryptographic proof that he’s the creator of Bitcoin, however as a substitute persistently relied on witnesses who would testify to again up his declare.
“In a situation where [Wright] has not succeeded in, nor does he wish to, provide cryptographic evidence that can support his claim to be Satoshi Nakamoto, the court believes that he must accept that there is a debate as to whether he is who he says he is,” the ruling stated.
In conclusion, Hodlonaut was acquitted of all claims for compensation, and isn’t responsible for damages associated to the claims he made on Twitter three years in the past. Instead, Wright has been ordered to compensate Hodlonaut for his authorized charges value round $380,000.
Craig Wright’s attorneys informed CoinDesk on Thursday that he would enchantment the ruling, noting that “anonymous online bullying and harassment risks having a chilling effect” on public debate.
Compiled by Coinbold