BSC Project Clones Uniswap V3 Despite License

Key Takeaways

  • A Uniswap V3 fork called HolaSwap has launched on Binance Smart Chain.
  • As Uniswap V3’s source code is protect by copyright, there could be legal ramifications if the anonymous developers are traced.
  • Unlike Uniswap, HolaSwap is yet to launch a governance token.

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Anonymous developers have launched a fork of Uniswap V3 on Binance Smart Chain, defying the business source license that restricts any use of the source code for two years. 

HolaSwap Breaks Uniswap V3 Copyright 

HolaSwap has used Uniswap’s V3 source code despite a business source license that protects the use of the code for the next two years. The project has launched on Binance Smart Chain, a Binance-owned blockchain that replicates some aspects of Ethereum. The code can be viewed on BscScan.

It’s not the first time that another project has cloned Uniswap’s code. At the peak of last year’s DeFi summer last year, the pseudonymous developer Chef Nomi forked Uniswap V1 to launch SushiSwap. The project introduced the SUSHI governance token and incentivized Uniswap liquidity providers to stake their tokens on the protocol. Uniswap users who brought liquidity over to SushiSwap earned generous SUSHI rewards. The move enabled SushiSwap to siphon a large chunk of Uniswap’s liquidity. 

Not long after the “vampire attack,” Uniswap launched its own UNI token. The two projects have been the leading DEXs in the Ethereum ecosystem since then. 

Uniswap’s team appeared intent on preventing another project from copying the code it had used following SushiSwap’s launch. Uniswap V3 was unveiled in March and introduced a business source license that implements a time delay for commercial use of the code for up to two years. Announcing the V3 update, Uniswap wrote:

“We strongly believe decentralized financial infrastructure should ultimately be free, open-source software. At the same time, we think the Uniswap community should be the first to build an ecosystem…

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