During a pivotal moment in the trial involving Craig Wright, who asserts himself as the creator of Bitcoin, and the Crypto Open Patent Alliance (COPA), Judge Mellor issued a stern warning on February 9. The concern arose when an unauthorized courtroom photograph of Bitcoin influencer Hodlonaut was shared, risking the disruption of the trial’s live stream.
Unauthorized Hodlonaut Photo Triggers Judge’s Ire
The incident was brought to attention when user @bitnorbert reported the alleged appearance of crypto influencer Hodlonaut’s photo online, purportedly taken from the trial’s livestream.
As a result, presiding Judge Mellor has deemed this action as contempt of court.
During today’s opening statements, Judge Mellor highlighted that the uploading of the photo violated the terms of service and could lead to the termination of the trial’s livestream.
Currently, the identity of the individual who uploaded the photo remains unknown to the court. It is unclear whether the person captured the image themselves or if it was provided by someone else. Nevertheless, Judge Mellor criticized members of the gallery, stressing the importance of avoiding such occurrences in the future.
In a previous legal dispute, Craig Wright, self-proclaimed Bitcoin inventor, filed a lawsuit against Hodlonaut in Norway. Following this lawsuit, Hodlonaut took to X, claiming that Wright had threatened and harassed him, hoping to pressure him into submission.
However, the ongoing legal battle with the pro-Bitcoin advocacy group COPA has unveiled a web of lies surrounding Hodlonaut’s claims.
Craig Wright Received ‘Commercial Loan’ from Calvin Ayre
In the meantime, the trial progressed with COPA cross-examining Wright. Among the topics discussed was a set of screenshots obtained from an Ontier machine, which became a point of contention due to conflicting timestamps.
COPA pointed out that the timestamp on one screenshot reads “March 9, 2020,” while the one at the bottom of the document reads “March 9th, 2020,” which raised suspicions of online downloading and multiple screenshot captures.
Another issue raised was the funding of Wright’s legal battle against the Bitcoin developer community. According to a Reuters report, billionaire Calvin Ayre is reportedly financing Wright’s campaign, given his co-founding role in the Bitcoin Satoshi Vision (BSV) network and previous financial support for Wright’s Bitcoin patent filing.
However, COPA has refuted these claims, asserting that Wright obtained a “commercial loan” to support his legal endeavors. Despite this denial, COPA presented documents of screenshots that seemingly supported the notion of external financing.
Additionally, COPA highlighted an IRC chat message exchange between Wright and Ayre, suggesting close communication between the two individuals.