Winklevoss twins abandon court fight over Facebook

A famous court fight over who really created Facebook may finally be coming to an end. Reuters reports that Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, the twin brothers who had previously claimed that Mark Zuckerberg stole their idea for the now massively popular social networking web site, will no longer take an appeal of their 2008 settlement deal with Zuckerberg and Facebook to the US Supreme Court.

The dispute involving the Winklevoss twins, which were both portrayed famously by actor Armie Hammer in the Facebook movie The Social Network, began just six days after Zuckerberg and others launched the first version of Facebook at Harvard University in 2004. The twins, along with another student, Divya Narendra, claimed that Zuckerberg said he would help them build a social networking site. They decided to launch a lawsuit against Zuckerberg and Facebook and the trio eventually accepted a $65 million settlement deal. However they later decided to appeal the settlement. They wanted more money, claiming that Facebook had hid certain information from them.

However, this week the Winklevoss twins and Narendra decided not to take their case to the Supreme Court after a ruling last April by a federal appeals court upheld the original settlement deal with Facebook. The trio did not state why they decided to abandon their settlement appeal. Facebook sent out a statement that said, "We've considered this case closed for a long time, and we're pleased to see the other party now agrees." According to the article, this new court development "clears the way for Facebook to seek the dismissal of a related lawsuit filed in Boston federal court."

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Navan said,
wait, they weren't twins for real? (in the movie) .. lol! I thought it was actually 2 guys.

So did I.. according to imdb that's not the case though:


Armie Hammer ... Cameron Winklevoss / Tyler Winklevoss

Navan said,
wait, they weren't twins for real? (in the movie) .. lol! I thought it was actually 2 guys.
They put one's face on the other person.

billycrack said,
from what i saw in the movie, i thought that was over a while back. Oh well...

It was, however if you read above, after the settlement they decided to appeal the settlement and have now, as the news item explains, abandoned that appeal process.

With all the twins in the world, they decide to have 1 guy play both and use computer magic to make it appear as two in the movie. THAT is the most interesting part of this whole tale.

Regarding the lawsuit; bad deals go down all the time. Getting $65 Million would be considered a great success for many.

Xenomorph said,
With all the twins in the world, they decide to have 1 guy play both and use computer magic to make it appear as two in the movie. THAT is the most interesting part of this whole tale.

Also the most interesting part of the movie, Yawnfest that it was

Xenomorph said,
With all the twins in the world, they decide to have 1 guy play both and use computer magic to make it appear as two in the movie. THAT is the most interesting part of this whole tale.

Regarding the lawsuit; bad deals go down all the time. Getting $65 Million would be considered a great success for many.

Exactly. 65 million is pretty good considering all they had was an idea and a bunch of emails. They should have had Mark sign all kinds of paperwork before getting involved, but they didn't. If they would have they could have been wealthy today, but they didn't.

They probably saw the cases that just got outright refused by the Supreme Court, as well as Walmart's victory in their suit, and decided not to risk their golden egg.

Besides, since the settlement was in stock, it's worth a lot more now.

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