Zuckerberg: Facebook ownership claims are false

Mark Zuckerberg, founder and CEO of the famous social networking site Facebook, has today announced that claims of ownership made by a New York man are false. In the claims, Paul Ceglia said that he had been contracted in 2003 for 50% of Zuckerberg's stake in Facebook.

Earlier on in the year, various news stories spread that Mr Ceglia had claimed an ownership stake in the business but it is in fact not the first story of someone trying to claim their piece of the pie. Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss were known for quite some time of their case they that originally came up with the idea of what is now Facebook.

In a report from Reuters, Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg intend to use forensic testing on Paul Ceglia's documents to show that they're fake. In the filing Zuckerberg said that "the contract is a cut-and-paste job, the emails are complete fabrications, and this entire lawsuit is a fraud".

With Facebook becoming an international phenomenon in connecting people from around the world, it's become a very successful business, making the founder and CEO a billionaire in the process. Estimations by analysts would put Facebook at a value of $70 billion if it were to go public. Forbes magazine which is known for publicising information on the world's richest people put Zuckerberg's worth at $13.5 billion.

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Well according to facst the other guys did have the Facebook idea to a point. They had ideas for something similar and Sunkerbloob stole their ideas and used them in Facebook. He also cut his best friend on the deal, who also sued him and won.

Suckblip is a lying weasel. Has a nice looking gf tho.

TechieXP said,
Well according to facst the other guys did have the Facebook idea to a point. They had ideas for something similar and Sunkerbloob stole their ideas and used them in Facebook. He also cut his best friend on the deal, who also sued him and won.

Suckblip is a lying weasel. Has a nice looking gf tho.


Editing names into complete retardedness like this just makes yourself look stupid.

TechieXP said,
Well according to facst the other guys did have the Facebook idea to a point. They had ideas for something similar and Sunkerbloob stole their ideas and used them in Facebook. He also cut his best friend on the deal, who also sued him and won.

Suckblip is a lying weasel. Has a nice looking gf tho.

Ha!

Hell, a LOT of people have had the "Idea" of facebook before it came out... Does that mean they ALL had it stolen from Zuckerburg? No. Like it or not, MZ was the first person to come out with the site.... and unless they can prove he stole their code or infringed on their patents, which ain't gonna happen, no one has a case.

Reverend Spam said,
Hell, a LOT of people have had the "Idea" of facebook before it came out... Does that mean they ALL had it stolen from Zuckerburg? No. Like it or not, MZ was the first person to come out with the site.... and unless they can prove he stole their code or infringed on their patents, which ain't gonna happen, no one has a case.

Code Patents? Don't give Lodsys ideas.

Reverend Spam said,
Hell, a LOT of people have had the "Idea" of facebook before it came out... Does that mean they ALL had it stolen from Zuckerburg? No. Like it or not, MZ was the first person to come out with the site.... and unless they can prove he stole their code or infringed on their patents, which ain't gonna happen, no one has a case.

I agree. Back in the early 90's my dad had a very elaborate idea of selling books by connecting publishers directly to customers and basically be a middle man w/o any on-hand stock and this would all be done through a nation wide BBS or the Internet. It wasn't a very unique idea, obviously, since now we have Amazon. Lots of people have ideas. Lots of people like to share their ideas. Just because someone actually implements an idea does not necessarily mean they stole the idea.

How many people claimed to be the creator of Facebook? 3, 5, 7, ...

Seriously. Everyone probably had the idea of Facebook in their dream. The guy did it that's where the difference is.

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