McAfee admits that the Ghost project was a copy of PIVX, but still wants to sue them for defamation


Eccentric crypto-money advocate John McAfee admitted that Ghost, his anonymity-oriented project, „copied and pasted“ parts of his whitepaper from a document belonging to PIVX, an open source privacy currency, into a series of today’s tweets. However, he appears to intend to sue PIVX for defamation.

Ghost vs. PIVX: a brief summary

Earlier this week, PIVX developers claimed that the Ghost whitepaper was a plagiarism of the one PIVX released in 2018. According to them, „at least 20 of the 26 pages in total“ of the Ghost whitepaper „contain material directly plagiarized from the PIVX whitepaper in its 2018 version.

McAfee’s Ghost privacy currency is plagiarized, say PIVX developers
At that time, a Ghost representative explained to Cointelegraph that their initial code base „is a forked version of PIVX“, although Ghost would have „made many improvements“ to the code.

The developers of PIVX, for their part, argued that while their product can be used „as long as they declare copyright,“ their white paper is not open source and „was fully copyrighted in 2018.

Defamation allegations

John McAfee now wants to take PIVX to court for defamation, according to his recent tweets. „PIVX is trying to claim that the source code is in the public domain, but that the description of how everything works (talking about the white paper) is not,“ he wrote, adding:

„Claiming that a process is open source while withholding documentation is a fraud. It’s as simple as that. I’ll soon prove it in court.“

When asked by a Twitter commentator if McAfee’s team copied the PIVX whitepaper, McAfee responded:

„Of course we did, m—rda! That explains what the source code does, j#der! How do you m—rda rewrite how to get from your house to the pizza place? It’s an explanation of something. Open your eyes for God’s sake!“

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PIVX says that suing them is like „suing Bitcoin“
Cointelegraph contacted PIVX about the possible lawsuit and the project representative reported that „PIVX is not a legal entity and no person owns PIVX or its development“.

„It’s like John saying he’s going to sue Bitcoin Compass, Crypto Cash, Bitcoin Lifestyle, Bitcoin System, Bitcoin Future,“ the spokesman added. He also suggested that McAfee’s legal status might not allow it to take a case to court. The British-American businessman has lived „in exile“ since 2019 because of charges related to tax fraud by U.S. authorities.