Harmony Protocol changes license after Ethereum infringement claims

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Ethereum bridge and sharding protocol Harmony (ONE) have been forced to change their licensing terms after being publicly called out by a developer from the Go-Ethereum project for relicensing their code.

Developer Peter Szlagyi took to twitter to inform Harmony, and the world simultaneously, of the infringement on March 22, and it appears that the Harmony Protocol team have indeed been forced to comply.

Peter Szilagyi's tweet regarding Harmony Protocol license infringement

Szilagy goes on to explain the violation further in a GitHub post in greater detail, and asked for the Harmony team to either delete all copyrighted material, or at the very least update the entire projects license to LGPLv3 as the existing LGPL prohibits open source forks from re-licensing the project to a different license.

However, not every developer agrees, with some respondents to the GitHub post denying claims that there was any copyright infringement. There is nothing new in the blockchain world with developers often copying and modifying code from existing databases, but it does occasionally cause some friction between different teams.

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