In a scathing blog post, Polygon alleged that Matter Labs flagrantly plagiarized its open-source code, prompting Matter Labs to vehemently deny the claims, dismissing them as baseless.
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Blockchain initiatives commonly make their source code available under open-source software licenses, allowing third parties to read, copy, and sometimes even contribute to the code if they so choose.
However, community standards and the majority of open-source licenses typically demand that third-party developers disclose instances in which they have used code that was created by someone else.
According to Polygon, Matter Labs recently launched a proving system called Boojum that had some source code that was allegedly copied and pasted from the “Plonky2” software library created by Polygon. “This code is included without the original copyrights or clear attribution to the original authors,” according to Polygon.
“Matter Labs, developers of zkSync, recently released a proving system called Boojum that includes a substantial amount of source code that is copy-pasted from performance-critical components of the Plonky2 library.”Polygon stated in their blog post.
Matter Labs CEO Alex denies all Accusations: Calls it “an untrue statement.”
The CEO of Matter Labs refuted the accusations, saying that just 5% of the code had been used and that due attribution had been given.
“Every decision we make as a team towards building @zksync is driven by our ethos, which is based on integrity and transparency. We have made honest mistakes in the past, but we always did our best to openly acknowledge them and take responsibility. And will always do so in the future.”Alex G CEO of Matter Labs tweeted.
The open source philosophy is violated and the ecosystem is harmed when source code is copied and pasted without proper credit or when false statements are made about the original work.