Code Copying Claims: Polygon vs. Boojum

Polygon Zero has accused zksync’s Boojum of imitating its source code, particularly its Plonky2 proof system. The allegations surfaced after Boojum claimed to have achieved a remarkable speed boost of over 10 times faster than Polygon Zero’s Plonky2. The dispute has sparked heated debates within the industry, with both parties presenting contrasting arguments.

Intellectual Property Clash

According to Polygon Zero’s statement, they discovered striking similarities between their Plonky2 code and Boojum’s implementation. They allege that Boojum resorted to a “copy-paste” approach, incorporating segments of Plonky2’s source code into their own, without proper attribution. Polygon Zero’s technical team further pointed out that this apparent code duplication could potentially lead to serious issues related to intellectual property rights and could undermine the trust of users in both projects.

Boojum, on the other hand, firmly denied any wrongdoing and refuted Polygon Zero’s claims. The team at zksync maintained that they had not copied any code and that their implementation was built independently, from the ground up. They insisted that the similarity was merely a result of utilizing similar mathematical concepts and cryptographic protocols, which are common in this field.

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Controversial Performance Boast

The controversy intensified when Boojum boasted of achieving exceptional performance improvements over Plonky2. Such claims were seen as potentially misleading and were questioned by the community. In response, Polygon Zero sought clarity on the matter and demanded proper validation of Boojum’s performance claims.

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To shed light on the situation, third-party experts and auditors have been invited to examine both projects’ source code thoroughly. The aim is to verify whether there is any substance to the allegations or if Boojum’s claims of independent development and enhanced performance hold true. As the dispute continues to unfold, industry observers stress the importance of establishing a transparent and fair process to resolve such conflicts. Intellectual property rights and code attribution are critical elements in the open-source software ecosystem, and any perceived violations could have far-reaching implications for both projects involved.