Lawsuit Alleges Facebook's Founder Built The Site With Stolen Code and Ideas

from the we-want-some-money dept

ScaredOfTheMan wrote in with the news that a lawsuit alleging Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg stole the original code for the site is coming to a head. Zuckerberg worked as a programmer for another social-networking site, now called ConnectU, while a student at Harvard, and the sites founders allege that during that time, Zuckerberg took ConnectU's design, source code and business plan, and turned them into Facebook. If he actually did steal the business plan, you sort of have to wonder why Facebook is now being mentioned as a billion-dollar buyout target, while ConnectU remains pretty much anonymous. While this dispute originally began back in 2004, it's taken on added urgency as Facebook has become more popular, and those high-dollar buyout and IPO rumors build -- particularly as the ConnectU founders want full control of Facebook turned over to them. A judge will rule on July 25 on Facebook's motion to dismiss the case, but it's hard to believe that will be the end of the matter. As long as huge amounts of money continue to swirl around the social-networking space, so too will the lawsuits.

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    TheDock22, 16 Jul 2007 @ 1:11pm

    Re: Facebook Stole Idea

    What proof do you have that Zuckerberg actually stole the code? Maybe he just took the general idea and made it much better therefore turning the idea into his own. There is no laws out there saying you can't take someone's general idea of a site (I don't see ConnectU suing MySpace for its idea) and make it better. If that were true, Microsoft would be the only OS (thank goodness for competition).

    They would have to prove that the source code from the website was plagiarized (word for word)in order to make that statement stick. And good luck trying to sue him for stealing a business plan.

    AND the dependents in this case are suing for Facebook to be shut down AND the entire Facebook business be turned over to them, which will NEVER happen so they are fighting a losing battle.

    Did he steal the code? Well I find it hard to believe a 23-year-old could come up with 100% of the code, design, and business plan for a website as huge as Facebook. And it does seem awfully convenient that he worked for a company that did just this. Is he guilty of stealing someone elses' idea? Morally, sure, but legally? I don't think so.

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