So we here at Five Nerds don’t think any true nerd is unaware of the long standing disputes Mark Zuckerberg has had concerning ownership of Facebook and its IP.  From his Wikipedia page:

Harvard students Cameron Winklevoss, Tyler Winklevoss, and Nishita Narendra accused Zuckerberg of fraudulently letting them believe he would help them build a social network called HarvardConnection.com (later called ConnectU). They filed a lawsuit in 2004 but was dismissed without prejudice on March 28, 2007. It was refiled soon thereafter in U.S. District Court in Boston, and a preliminary hearing was scheduled for July 25, 2007. At the hearing the judge told ConnectU parts of their complaint were not sufficiently pled and gave them the ability to refile an amended complaint. On June 25, 2008, the case was settled and Facebook agreed to pay a $65 million settlement.

There’s so much drama associated with this that Hollywood is making a movie out of it.

What’s the news today?  A lawsuit filed in New York claiming that Mark Zuckerberg signed a contract to develop “The Face Book” for 50/50 ownership with Paul D Ceglia.  The contract went even further to say that each day the project was late would cost Zuckerberg 1% ownership, and that number reached 34 days; thus, Ceglia is asking for 84% ownership of Facebook.  Ceglia too has a dotted past, though:

The Journal also added some insight into Ceglia’s own history with the law. New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo began an ongoing case against Ceglia in 2009, accusing him of defrauding customers out of approximately $200,000 on orders involving Ceglia’s wood-pellet fuel company.

Facebook’s assets have even been frozen.  That might be connected to Zuckerberg’s outstanding warrant in Pakistan, however, where Zuckerberg apparently faces the death sentence.


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