Tron founder Justin Sun responds to plagiarism accusations
Researchers from Digital Asset Research (DAR) reportedly found multiple instances where Tron developers allegedly plagiarised code from other projects in the Tron codebase. They apparently plagiarised code from Ethereum among the other projects and then changed filenames. It was done so that identifying the source of the code becomes difficult. An article by DAR was published on Medium related to the plagiarism and technical problems.
The article mentioned that on the project was initially accused of violating the GNU Lesser General Public License v3.0 (LGPL) December 31, 2017. It is because the project does not refer that its client, Java-Tron, was derived from EthereumJ — one of the first Ethereum libraries. However, the project later mentioned the relevant LGPL license language to 14 of the files. They found a number of instances where the code was copied verbatim or slightly modified from EthereumJ, and without appropriate reference.
In fact, Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin too accused Tron of plagiarism due to the similarities between its white paper and other blockchain projects published by others. “We wrote the whitepaper ourselves,” he told South China Morning Post in an interview. He added that the document was amended in order to correct a translation error. Later, he even reached out to offer an explanation to the blockchain community. “We didn’t deliberately copy the work of others,” he said.
This is not the only case, Chinese media at one point of time reported that Sun disappeared with 6 billion Tron coins after it went all-time high of 23 US cents in December.“It was a nervous time and it brought some speculation. It was a rumour set up by a competitor who paid for a reporter to make up [a story],” said Sun.
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