Vitalik Buterin of Ethereum lamented what he sees as an example of the “Justin Sun dictatorship,” after the founder of TRON (TRX) was involved in yet another controversy over plagiarism.
A recent BitTorrent File System (BTFS) rebranding has been met with outrage by Juan Benet, the creator of IPFS — or Interplanetary File System. Benet pointed out similarities between the new BTFS logo and the IPFS logo and alleged the similarities were not stopping there. He twitched :
“Aaaaaahahaha it’s not enough to fork all our code, rebrand it and lie its theirs; copy paste random chunks of our papers, and defraud their investors with a nonsensical mishmash. Tron also can’t even think of an original logo.”
According to the BitTorrent Inc Twitter account, IPFS should be grateful that BitTorrent has paved the way for the distributed file sharing industry:
“It’s not cool to accuse #BitTorrent, whose been around for decades perfecting our technology. #IPFS should be grateful BitTorrent lead the way as a leader in this industry to pave way for others to follow. We should be united!”
Buterin Decries BitTorrent’s Zombification
Ethereum creator Vitalik Buterin chimed in on the dispute, decrying BitTorrent’s zombification under Justin Sun’s leadership:
“This tweet is honestly painful to read. It’s like looking at a zombie: the account *looks like* something you’ve grown up with and known and loved for 15 years, but underneath it’s just, well, now it’s just another appendage of the Sun dictatorship.”
Justin Sun’s initial cryptocurrency space foray with Tron (TRX) was met with similar controversy after sections of the Tron whitepaper were shown to be wholesale lifted from those of Ethereum, Filecoin and BitSwap’s IPFS.
Tron’s recently launched DeFi product, Djed, also bore striking similarities to MakerDAO, and Single Collateral Dai, a decentralized lending platform.
Buterin defended its use of the word dictatorship by pointing to a March tweet thread highlighting the recent takeover of Steemit by Tron: