Facebook’s Zuckerberg Sued

Having already proven to me that he’s quite lame, Mark Zuckerberg is being sued for allegedly stealing the concept of Facebook from three other Harvard guys:

A long-simmering dispute over the origins of Facebook is set to erupt later this month at a federal court hearing about whether Mark Zuckerberg, the young web mogul now being feted by media honchos, stole the original code for his booming social network from three Harvard classmates.

The lawsuit, filed by brothers Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, and Divya Narendra, accuses Zuckerberg, Facebook’s 23-year-old C.E.O, of stealing the source code, design, and business plan for Facebook in 2003 when he briefly worked in the Harvard dorms as a programmer for their own fledgling social-networking site, now known as ConnectU.

The plaintiffs have demanded that Facebook be shut down and that full control of the site – and its profits – be turned over to them.

The hearing comes just as Facebook is exploding into the social networking stratosphere and Zuckerberg is the toast – in absentia – of this week’s elite media ball at the annual Allen & Co. conference in Sun Valley, Idaho.

“This lawsuit goes to the core of the assets that Facebook claims to own,” said Eric Goldman, Director of the High Tech Law Institute at Santa Clara University. “The ConnectU guys are clearly ticked off, and they seem willing to spend a lot of money to pursue this.”

8 thoughts on “Facebook’s Zuckerberg Sued

  1. Anonymous

    Well the “quite lame” link is good, but it’s easier if the link that the excerpt is from is after the excerpt.

  2. Anonymous

    Well the “quite lame” link is good, but it’s easier if the link that the excerpt is from is after the excerpt.

  3. Anonymous

    Ummm… Those words aren’t exactly random. In fact, the whole point of using hypertext links rather than, say, endnotes is to better put information in a relevant context. And yeah, even if Zuckerberg “stole” the code, Facebook owes its success more to good fortune and network effects than anything else. It’ll be interesting to see this case play out – Zuckerberg’s a lazy asshole, but he’s also a huge CS nerd (at least, he was in high school), so I’m pretty confident that Facebook’s IP is legitimately his.

  4. Anonymous

    Ummm… Those words aren’t exactly random. In fact, the whole point of using hypertext links rather than, say, endnotes is to better put information in a relevant context.

    And yeah, even if Zuckerberg “stole” the code, Facebook owes its success more to good fortune and network effects than anything else. It’ll be interesting to see this case play out – Zuckerberg’s a lazy asshole, but he’s also a huge CS nerd (at least, he was in high school), so I’m pretty confident that Facebook’s IP is legitimately his.

  5. Anonymous

    Can you just post the original link at the bottom of the article where its easy to find, rather than attaching it to random words in the middle?

  6. Anonymous

    Can you just post the original link at the bottom of the article where its easy to find, rather than attaching it to random words in the middle?

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