Perspective is everything, there is no "objective" right thing to do in this case. The stories we choose
to tell ourselves affect how we feel about things.
So here is a perspective for your consideration.
BTSX, VOTE, DNS, AGS, and PTS are all separate groups of people each of which wants something from *me* whether I owe them anything or not. They all want me to do, say, or build something that makes them money. Now the reality is that my goal is to build the best toolkit and keep pushing things forward on that front. People gave us money "no strings attached" to build these things. Other people took my work on the toolkit and turned it into BTSX. I gave grants to DNS & Play. Everyone else is an independent group of people speculating on an asset that they know is not a security, has no legally binding promises, and is a hope.
All of these groups represents a "team" or "tribe" that wants me to play for them and no one wants me to play "against them" in the competitive free market.
So the first team that made a bid for my attention was VOTE.... vote offered me and everyone on our team a large stake along with PTS / AGS... but offered BTSX nothing. This was a fair and legitimate way for me to go... after delivering on BTSX core features and spending funds donated prior to BTSX snapshot. But it would have made team BTSX very upset at losing their key players for long term growth even though plans were in place to allow BTSX to steal all of the work paid for by team VOTE for free.
So the next thing I did is propose a bid for my attention that would bring everyone under one roof. Who's call is it? Mine. Do I get to be arbitrary? Yes because I get to chose which project I work on. So it comes down to me negotiating with BTSX on the terms of the deal. I effectively ask BTSX to share drop on the competition as a means of motivating but not requiring them to join us.
So team BTSX got my attention and every other team got something out of the deal. DNS + VOTE could still exist and could still compete. We didn't actually *buy* their stake, we just honored it with no strings attached. Did they get a "fair price"... well, a gift is certainly fair.
Now DNS is faced with a challenge on how to develop, grow, and hire talent. They are free to form a team, hire developers, and make a go. Nothing has been taken from them except their project lead has handed it off. They are free to plunder all the work we do on BTS and thus have much cheaper development cost... so all DNS must pay for is marketing.
If DNS wants to get talent back it would likely have to dilute significantly to hire someone to take the helm.... I believe Toast is even willing to hand over 100% of the Dev fund and I will gladly give my and I3 stake in DNS to the new management.
So there you go... change the perspective and it changes the perception of "fair".
Now back to work on making BTS great.