Tron’s Whitepaper is Copied, Plagiarized – Trustnodes

Tron’s Whitepaper is Copied, Plagiarized


Incredible. The $14 billion whitepaper is not even original with pages and pages of it copied pretty much verbatim from the IPFS and Filecoin whitepaper.

Sections upon sections that one thinks are describing how Tron is to work are actually describing how IPFS works, with Juan Benet‏ from IPFS stating:

“Wow! Absurd! TRON’s “paper” is mostly copied from other projects, or is super basic p2p passed off as original. Zero references.”

Here is below just one section of Tron’s whitepaper, followed by a screenshot of IPFS’s whitepaper that details pretty much the exact same thing, formulas and all:

Tron’s whitepaper
IPFS whitepaper

The only original part of this $14 billion whitepaper might be the introduction, although even that is in question since we’ve heard much of it before. Justin Sun said:

“Our original version of the whitepaper is in Chinese and we have a very detailed reference to the latest Chinese version. The English, Korea, Japanese and Spanish versions are translated by the volunteers. The translation missed numerous important details not just reference.”

Screenshot of Sun’s reply.

That is absolute nonsense. Although they have now taken off both the English and Chinese version of the whitepapers from their website, we managed to allocate them.

And you don’t need to speak Chinese to see it is pretty much identical as shown in the illustrative screenshot below which even just visually looks pretty much identical to the english version screenshot.

Screenshot of Tron’s Chinese whitepaper

Is this, therefore, an outright scam? The project has no product and the one thing it has, a whitepaper, is fully plagiarized, with Justin Sun seemingly focusing solely on “marketing.” Here is The Sun, Britain’s most read newspaper:

Screenshot of The Sun’s Tron article.

What blockchain they’re talking about no one knows because Tron doesn’t have one and the copied “whitepaper” doesn’t really talk much about the blockchain at all.

In fact, now looking back at it more carefully, it doesn’t really talk about much at all, neither the English version nor the Chinese version.


Comments (8)

  1. You know nothing when you wrote this article, poor you!
    Btw, this is super old news and you copied it.

  2. This irresponsible reporting. I’m not a Trom supporter by any means, and agree the product is astronomically overvalued, but saying “you don’t have to know Chinese to see it’s pretty much identical”, and, to continue on with “outright scam” for producing no references in an English translated version (which everyone in crypto knows IS in fact done during bounties by the community) while you yourself did not do your due diligence to have it translated by a professional is equally as severe of a foul as the point you are trying to get across in this article. You reached millions with this piece. DO BETTER. BE BETTER.

    1. I hardly defend the media. And granted a translation of the Chinese version would have provided for a more complete article. However, don’t you think the white paper that takes $14b from the public and has no product should have a higher bar than to have “equally severely fouled” as a mere publication? There are several red flags raised here.

      This is the kind of thing that will set crypto back. Crying about or going after the media or the publication and setting aside the serious core issues discussed serve no good purpose. The medium by its nature can not be and should not be required to be perfect when they raise serious issues, and nipping at the media should not be the diversion to discussing severity of issues they raise.

  3. What is this insane FUD you are spreading, utter bullshit.
    Funded article by the competition 100%

  4. This article is missing a declaration about how much of which crypto currency the author owns.

  5. FUDalicious – Ha if your first FUD article fails then try try again. Just about every crypto is borrowing wholesale from some other crypto. This is the ways of success in tech. You know that whole Windows thing (Copied from Xerox)? Oh yeah when exactly did Facebook acknowledge all the ideas it copied? Yeah, not ever.

  6. This is so funny when most crypto’s copied bitcoins technology. I see no point in nitpicking similarities in whitepapers.

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