Man Claims To Own 84% Of Facebook

from the and-I-invented-google dept

Has there ever been a company with more bizarre claims to ownership than Facebook? There have already been two high profile claims of others who say that Mark Zuckerberg "took" the idea of Facebook from them. The one involving the company ConnectU at least had a strong enough claim to get Facebook to pay up. Some of the details in that case suggest at least marginally underhanded activities on the part of Zuckerberg. Other claims have been more ridiculous, and there are a few former "co-founders" who clearly were not too happy about how things worked out.

But this latest claim may be the most bizarre of all. Some guy, who is currently fighting charges in New York State of taking $200,000 from customers for a wood-pellet fuel business (you can't make this stuff up), apparently claims to have come up with a contract from Zuckerberg that offered him 50% of Facebook for designing the company's website. The terms of the "deal" seem strange: a $1,000 fee and a 50 percent stake in the product plus an additional 1 percent interest in the business, per day, until the website was completed. This makes no sense, of course. First of all, why would Zuckerberg give away 50% of the site to the guy he hired to design it... and why would he offer the guy additional percentage points if the guy was slow in finishing? So, the whole thing sounds farfetched. Even if, somehow, this contract turns out to be real, some have pointed out that the statute of limitations in New York probably makes it meaningless.


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    BearGriz72 (profile), Jul 13th, 2010 @ 4:09am

    ???

    This is so stupid I am not even sure where to start...

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jul 13th, 2010 @ 5:06am

    Well, he can't own 84% of it, because I own 65% of it. Zuckerberg ordered a burger where I work and said I could have part of his company if I got him a sandwich.

     

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    Paul Hobbs (profile), Jul 13th, 2010 @ 5:50am

    Seriously, who gives a rat's

    I'm with George Clooney on the subject of Facebook:

    "I would rather have a prostate exam on live television by a guy with very cold hands than have a Facebook page"

     

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    Bushman, Jul 13th, 2010 @ 5:51am

    Perhaps it would explain why Facebook is so badly designed considering how many users it has.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jul 13th, 2010 @ 6:01am

    Build it and they will sue you.

     

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    average_joe (profile), Jul 13th, 2010 @ 6:26am

    LOL! How funny would it be if this contract was legit?

     

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    NullOp, Jul 13th, 2010 @ 6:32am

    FB

    Stealing ideas is more common than one believes. All it takes is to voice the idea and it floats away in the airwaves as vibrations and is picked up by some unscrupulous VC guy and boom...product. I know because I actually own 64.2% of Microsoft.

     

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    Danny, Jul 13th, 2010 @ 6:45am

    Re: Seriously, who gives a rat's

    Well you see now that Facebook seems to be have some margin of profitability people are going to come out of the wookwork to get a piece of it.

     

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    interval (profile), Jul 13th, 2010 @ 7:31am

    In other news: Steinbrenner's dead! Its the end of an era.

     

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    Phillip Vector (profile), Jul 13th, 2010 @ 7:38am

    Re:

    Speaking as a web developer, I have been offered stranger contracts before. It's basically a way of people getting web developers, then probably never paying them.

    So yes, the contract COULD be legit, but it's not likely.

     

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    david, Jul 13th, 2010 @ 7:46am

    Why waste time writing such a pointless article

    Come on! Who are you people who report and write this worthless information?

    This blob of meaningless information could have stayed in your head or just kept between you and the senseless person who told you about this.

    You even said you’re self towards the end of the article that because of New York states statute of limitations make this pointless.

    Who hired you!? How did you get a job? You are one of those millions of worthless employed people who should be unemployed.

     

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    Rick, Jul 13th, 2010 @ 8:00am

    Re: Seriously, who gives a rat's

    Yet, here's George's Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/Clooney

    lol

     

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    average_joe (profile), Jul 13th, 2010 @ 8:05am

    Re: Why waste time writing such a pointless article

    The statute of limitations *might* make this pointless, but it might not. The judge *did* issue a temporary restraining order, so it's not that ridiculous. Not sure why you're hatin' so much...

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jul 13th, 2010 @ 9:11am

    Re: Why waste time writing such a pointless article

    Looks someone needs to massage their prostate with their own penis... It'll be time spent more efficiently than by reading blogs you don't like.

     

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    Gwiz, Jul 13th, 2010 @ 9:17am

    Re: Why waste time writing such a pointless article

    Come on! Who are you David who spends his time viewing and commenting on articles that you have deemed "worthless"?

    Are you one of those millions of worthless people who think they know what everyone else is interested in?

     

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    BigKeithO (profile), Jul 13th, 2010 @ 9:54am

    Re: Why waste time writing such a pointless article

    I'm pretty sure Mike hired himself. You are helping to pay his wages by visiting his site. You are one of those worthless people who help to support other worthless peoples endeavors!! For shame.

     

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    Josh, Jul 13th, 2010 @ 1:16pm

    Uhm that's nothing Microsoft owes me money because "Windows 7 Was My Idea"....dumbest commercials ever...Seriously you Microsoft can send the money to 123 Main st...

     

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    Andrew D. Todd, Jul 13th, 2010 @ 1:46pm

    Howard Hughes' Will

    This case reminds me of Melvin Dummar. Back in April, 1976, A gas station attendant named Melvin Dummar produced a will purporting to have been written by Howard Hughes, who had just died. Dummar would have received about a hundred and fifty million dollars under this will. It eventually transpired that Dummar's wife had worked for a magazine, and had had access to papers signed by Howard Hughes. Dummar didn't get any money, but he didn't go to prison either.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melvin_Dummar

    As I recall, when the news broke, one of my prep school teachers, my home room teacher if I recall rightly, said, in class, "OK, class, let's write a will..." and there was much laughter. So one cannot exclude the possibility that Zuckerberg's signature was forged.

    The text of the purported agreement, supposedly dates, April 28, 2003, quoted in the Wall Street Journal (below), seems to be very mangled: "for the purchase and design of a suitable website for the project Seller [Mr. Zuckerberg] has already initiated that is designed to offer the students of Harvard university [sic] access to a wesite [sic] similar to a live functioning yearbook with the working title of 'The Face Book.'"

    The apparent sense would appear to be that Paul D. Ceglia purchases a half share in Facebook from Mark Zuckerberg for a thousand dollars, with penalties if the project is not completed within eight months. That makes sense in its own terms, though the chronology is still suspect. Obviously, Zuckerberg, a former child programmer, would not have needed to hire anyone to do the job of building the site. However, if I understand correctly, Ceglia merely claims to have grubstaked him on advantageous terms.

    http://www.wellsvilledaily.com/news/x1609360879/Does-Wellsville-man-own-Facebook
    http://o nline.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703283004575363330101240888.html?mod=rss_whats_news_us&utm _source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:+wsj/xml/rss/3_7011+%28WSJ.com:+What%27 s+News+US%29&utm_content=Google+Reader
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/07/12/paul-ceglia-fac ebook-owne_n_643550.html

     

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    Paul Hobbs (profile), Jul 13th, 2010 @ 4:47pm

    Re: Re: Seriously, who gives a rat's

    I'm going to go out on a limb and say that it isn't really George's page. Call me crazy, but after looking at the content of that Facebook page, I'm going to go with "obsessed fan". (Or fans).

     

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    Todd, Jul 13th, 2010 @ 6:22pm

    Isn't this possible fodder for the coming movie?

    Hey it's not far fetched.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jul 15th, 2010 @ 5:54am

    If it tuens out to be a real contract, that just shows zucker is a sucker and an idiot.

     

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    Andrew D. Todd, Jul 16th, 2010 @ 8:55am

    A Copy of The Complaint.

    http://i.cdn.turner.com/money/2010/07/13/technology/facebook_lawsuit/facebook_filing.pdf

    The complaint states that Ceglia purchased a half share in Facebook for $1000, with performance penalties. The evidence of payment seems to be a carbon copy of a check, rather than a returned and canceled check.

     

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    annonymous YNITER, Jul 29th, 2010 @ 7:28pm

    FACEBOOK IS GONNA BE A DINOSAUR SOON!!

    who cares ...facebook now has a competitor who is going to take whoever owns it to a facebook funeral...in the very near future
    http://www.yournight.com/TLRAE
    klik on the link and see it for yourself!! ;0 ) join me !! ;) and we can make it happen !! ;) have a great day all !!

     

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