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by Carlo Longino


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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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    Nichole, 8 Sep 2008 @ 4:28am

    Wow it's amazing how much ConnectU is like Facebook there is some comparison. Hmm I am starting to think he is guilty but only to a degree. I think he changed a lot of the features and of course made it his own. Even if he did steal it all, who cares Facebook rocks!! I think what ConnectU is not only kicking there own ass but I think they just want to be noticed. But if you created something to where you think would make a lot of money don't you think you would of been more careful with it. But anyways thats just my opinion, who am I to judge I pretty sure we've all have had our share of stealing stuff! Weather it's a bad joke a style or materialistic things and most of all ideas.. etc

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