Former Executive Director of Rambler Igor Ashmanov offered assistance in resolving the conflict between Rambler Group Internet holding and nginx IT company.
On December 12, searches were held at the nginx Moscow office. According to Rambler, the founder of nginx Igor Sysoev, who worked for them in the 2000s, created his own project during office hours and should return the rights to it.
According to the criminal case of December 4, 2019in part 3 of Article 146 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (violation of copyright and related rights by a group of persons by prior conspiracy on an especially large scale), the damage caused to Rambler was estimated at 51.4 million rubles.
"NGINX is an official work,since the beginning of the 2000s, Igor Sysoev has been developing it in the framework of labor relations with Rambler, so any use of this program without the consent of the Rambler Group is a violation of the exclusive right, " - said the representative of "Rambler" in a comment by The Bell.
Sysoev and co-founder of nginx Maxim Konovalov were detained by the Moscow Main Directorate of the Main Directorate of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, but later released home.
The Rambler transferred the right to resolve the dispute to the company of its co-owner Alexander Mamut Lynwood Investments CY Ltd.
Igor Ashmanov, who in 2000 hired IgorSysoeva to the post of system administrator at Rambler, said that at the time of the conclusion of the contract with him, the prototype nginx already existed, and Sysoev continued to work on it in his spare time - this was not connected with his work responsibilities.
“When hiring Sysoev, it was specifically agreed thathe has his own project, and he has the right to do it. It was then called something like mod_accel, he gave it the name nginx somewhere in 2001-2002. I can testify in court ” - said the businessman.
Ashmanov called the accusations of "Rambler" "nonsense" andstated that the holding will have to prove that Sysoev received from them a job assignment for developing nginx. However, he expressed doubts that such papers have ever existed. Up to this point, intellectual property belongs to Sysoev.
“So far I have asked our lawyer Timofei Musatov, who is involved in Vinnik in Greece, to see what is happening there. <...> I think the bastards will break off, " - wrote Ashmanov.
nginx is one of the most famous IT companies,created by Russian programmers. In 2002, the former system administrator “Rambler” Igor Sysoev created an open-source web server, and in 2011 founded the company nginx. More than 30% of Runet websites, including ForkLog, operate on the basis of nginx. This year, the American F5 Networks bought nginx for $ 670 million.