[Translation] Chronicle of the Rambler and Nginx confrontation (updated on 16 Dec, 5 p.m.)

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On December 12, it became known from Nginx employee’s Twitter that the company’s office was amazing due to the criminal case under Article 146 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation ‘Violation of Author’s and Neighboring Rights’. The claim Group belong to the Rambler was, although formally the complaintant is Lynwood Investments CY Ltd, to which the rights were transferred. The last-mentioned is related to the co-owner of Rambler Group, Alexander Mamut.

The point of the claim: Igor started working on Nginx as an employee of Rambler and only after the tool became popular he founded a separate company and attracted investments.

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New evidence that the “Rambler” has nothing to do with Nginx

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Sergei Vasiliev served as the first Chairman of the Board of Directors of LLC “Rambler Internet holding” from 1999 to 2004. Now he was surprised to learn that his former firm filed a serious claim to the company founder Nginх, Igor Sysoev, who was a member of the “Rambler” in the early noughties. The current owner of the Rambler (the”savings Bank”) claim to own exclusive rights to the Nginx web server, despite the fact that the company Igor Sysoev was recently sold to an American group F5 for $670 million

Sergei Vasiliev in his Facebook wrotethat he remembers well the events of those years. And at the end maybe with all responsibility declare: “the Rambler” is irrelevant to Nginx.
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15.12.19 12:00 GMT the Internet will begin the thirty-minute blackout in support of Igor Sysoev, author of Nginx

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In the activation process of this blackout users are disconnected for half an hour of web resources informed about the situation with Nginx.

Sunday, December 15, 2019 was selected as a neutral day of this intense week, where many IT-specialists, system administrators, and creators of various web resources can have a place to Express their opinions about the situation, which for more than three days develops against the company Nginx (this link is a complete chronology of the initial stages of this arduous process), its Creator , Igor Sysoev , co-founder and Maxim Konovalov. A link to a discussion of the conflict in Roem.ru.
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The Board of Directors of Rambler to the end of the year will discuss the situation with Nginx at an extraordinary meeting

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According to the information Agency “TASS”, Rambler reported that an extraordinary meeting of the Board of Directors will be held until the end of December at the request of the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Rambler Group and first Deputy Chairman of Sberbank Lev against Khasis, the meeting will discuss the situation around the conflict group with Nginx.
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Rambler said about their rights to nginx. Simple and fingers

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Poor Rambler in working time in 2000 years of forced system administrators to develop web server… Too many questions, friends, at least one and simple: where were you before? where were you all these almost 10 years?

Nginx is a popular web server, which was developed by Russian developer Igor Sysoev in 2000-ies. At this time, Igor worked as a system administrator at Rambler and worked on nginx. The server gained popularity.

According to Netcraft in February 2018, the number of sites served by nginx, more than 447 million, making it the third most popular web server in the world.

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[Translation] Nginx’s office is being amazing due to Rambler’s lawsuit. The complaintant press service confirmed the suit

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According to one of the employees Nginx’s Moscow office is being amazing due to the criminal case brought by Rambler Group (the official response of the company’s press office to this issue and confirmation of claims against Nginx is below). The photo of the search warrant is provided as the evidence of the criminal case initiated on December 4, 2019 under Article 146 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation ‘Violation of Author’s and Neighboring Rights’.

Nginx search warrant

It is assumed the complaintant is Rambler, and the defendant is still an ‘unidentified group of persons’, and in the long run — the founder of Nginx Igor Sysoev.

The point of the claim: Igor started working on Nginx as an employee of Rambler and only after the tool became popular he founded a separate company and attracted investments.

It is not clear why Rambler revised its ‘property’ only 15 years later. Read more →