The new privacy coin GHOST of John McAfee received numerous accusations of plagiarizing the whitepaper

After announcing plans to launch a new privacy coin project called GHOST, John McAfee received a lot of accusations of whitepaper theft. Specifically, earlier this week, PIVX developers said the Ghost whitepaper was plagiarized from an outdated 2018 PIVX whitepaper.

PIVX is an open-source protocol that originally forked from DASH. It plans to implement a zk-SNARKs-based privacy protocol created by Zcash (ZEC), another privacy coin, closer to its launch in Q4 2020. Ghost, on the other hand, is scheduled to take off next month — and its white paper also mentions zk-SNARKs, potentially as a result of borrowing from PIVX.

John McAfee received numerous accusations of plagiarizing the GHOST whitepaper

According to PIVX developers:

“At least 20 of the 26 total pages of the Ghost whitepaper contains material directly plagiarized from the 2018 PIVX whitepaper. Our starting codebase is a forked version of PIVX, although Ghost has allegedly done a lot of improvements to the code.”

PIVX argued that while GHOST products can be used as long as copyright credits are maintained in the code. The whitepaper is not open-source and was fully copyrighted in 2018.

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PIVX 2018 Whitepaper vs GHOST Whitepaper | Source: PIVX Twitter

PIVX also said that they are working on a new privacy protocol, Sapling/zk-SNARKs, which is currently being implemented. This could impact the GHOST token if it’s, in fact, a fork of PIVX:

“PIVX expects to complete the implementation of the new Sapling/zk-SNARKs privacy protocol in Q4 2020. As such, if GHOST is indeed a fork of PIVX, it will either be waiting for PIVX to complete the privacy code or will use its own solution.”

Even so, John McAfee currently wants to take PIVX to court for defamation. Because, PIVX is attempting to claim that their source code is Public Domain, but that the description of how it all works is not.

He added:

“Claiming a product is an open-source while withholding the documentation is a fraud. Pure and simple. I will soon intelligent that in the courts.”

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