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Man sues Facebook, claims he owns 84 percent of site

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 13 Jul 2010 0:43 User comments (12)

Man sues Facebook, claims he owns 84 percent of site The WSJ has uncovered a new suit filed by a man in New York, who claims he owns 84 percent of the social networking giant Facebook.
Paul Ceglia says he entered into a contract with Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Facebook, for a 50 percent share, doing so for $1000 USD.

In addition, Ceglia says the deal granted him 1 percent extra of the company for every day until the Web site was completed.

The site took 34 days to complete.

Ceglia's suit included a copy of the "work for hire" contract the two men allegedly signed in 2003.

In return for the $1000 payment, Ceglia "would own a 50 percent interest in the software, programming language and business interests derived from the expansion of the [Facebook] service to a larger audience."

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12 user comments

113.7.2010 1:44

*Blinks softly and considers how anyone could come up with such a contract if this is legit* Hmmm... No I hardly doubt it is legit... But then again I have been wrong...

213.7.2010 2:53

If it is legit, it might be the most profitable $1000 investment in the history of the internet!

313.7.2010 5:35
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sounds like someone tryingto get mony for nothing again.

413.7.2010 6:07

It is easy to fake digital documents, and it isn't much harder to fake physical ones...but it is rather difficult to forge a signature to the point that no one can detect it as a forgery. I have a hard time believing that anyone with the skills to do such a forgery would be so stupid as to try a scam that is so exposed and large. The fact is, if this is valid, then he still owns his percentage of facebook, and the Mark is guilty of a serious felony for selling something that did not legally belong to him, without the permission of the controlling partner. He might simply try to get his portion of the money from the sale, or he could demand that his website be returned to him, and Mark would be forced to return all the money or face criminal charges (and I doubt he still has all the money).

513.7.2010 6:33

why wait till now to produce the document
also forging a signature head on is hard, turn it sideways or upside down, its just scribbles, (well so are most 'the right way up')



613.7.2010 6:53


Zuck: Yeah so if you ever need info about anyone at Harvard

Zuck: Just ask.

Zuck: I have over 4,000 emails, pictures, addresses, SNS

[Redacted Friend's Name]: What? How’d you manage that one?

Zuck: People just submitted it.

Zuck: I don’t know why.

Zuck: They “trust me”

Zuck: Dumb fucks.
Anyone who thinks Mark Zuckerberg is an upstanding citizen needs to think again. I wouldn't put it past him. This dumb fuck would get some great kicks out of seeing him get taken down a few pegs.

713.7.2010 8:38

Errr well first of all people will never fail to amaze at how stupid they are. Reall good possibility it's fake. While I wonder why the guy would wait til now to come up with this, as facebook has been big for years, is beyond me the stupidity of anyone agreeing to those terms would really be amazing...

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 13 Jul 2010 @ 8:40

813.7.2010 10:37

Why not wait until now? Mark made a lot selling it to google and with all the recent hype of privacy invasion, I wouldn't be surprised if his goal would be to take down facebook. Not to mention the more time flies the more $ one gets if a business does well, and Facebook is doing more than well enough. I hope we hear more about this.

913.7.2010 11:15

ps that is 3 in a row,lol
you cant erase your post,
you can go back and edit 1 of them and leave a sorry double post mistake



1013.7.2010 12:38

Ha, looks like Mark's life system may soon come to an end.

I guess if the claim is valid, marks going to be one worried bunny around now if its true.

But im rather dubious that someone would:

a) pay him a $1000 to create the site under a time scale and then forget about it for all this time, why the original deadline? Although if it was me and i saw what a sucess it had become, im not sure i would rush in for my claim as the price continued to spiral upwards.

b) Mark or anyone would have agreed to such a deal, god knows i would never enter such a contract with a client that potentially could leave me with virtually nothing at the end of all my hard work.

Could it be that mark did agree and then when told he only had a 16 percent share that he should go and F£$K him self... and now its come to bite him back.

1113.7.2010 17:27

-_- I understand the patent lawsuits to a point due to every piece of hardware made has that sticker dealing how all the patents are pending and all that stuff but these stories-_- are just plain freaking ridiculous

1213.7.2010 18:57

Originally posted by plazma247:
Could it be that mark did agree and then when told he only had a 16 percent share that he should go and F£$K him self... and now its come to bite him back.

perhaps he just tried to scam paul out of $1000 back then, never thinking the site would become a success



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