Just when Facebook was formed, there came out creative differences and especially differences about ownership. The claim has gotten more currency since the Facebook’s IPO was announced. Now that it is the world’s leading social networking site that earns billions in revenues yearly, Paul Ceglia wants a huge chunk of the wealth. Though he has not been reported to take part in the company in any way.
Recently, Facebook had asked a federal judge to simply disregard the lawsuit by Paul Ceglia who claims to be entitled to half of the company as per a report by TG Daily. According to the emails exchanged between Ceglia and Mark Zuckerberg from their days in the Harvard University using its servers, it shows that the emails are not anything like the ones previously provided by Ceglia. Hence, Mark Zuckerberg’s lawyers are calling these emails a fabrication in their statement to the court which are the basis for Ceglia lies and fraud.
Ceglia has been claiming to own 84% of Facebook based on the contract he signed in 2003. What is more interesting is that he had increased his claim each year as he argues that for every day that the site was not able to successfully launch, he gained control of the company one percent more after January 1, 2004. After much searching, Facebook’s lawyers have been able to locate the original contract of a company called StreetFax, which became the basis of Ceglia’s forged claims.
However, it was signed by Zuckerberg but in the Work for Hire section. Seeing the original version anyone can know that Ceglia has been deceptive. Despite all of this, Ceglia’s lawyers are trying to prove worth of their salaries by not giving up on the case easily. The lawyers reportedly said:
“The Federal Rules of Evidence say a jury should weigh the evidence in this case, including experts’ declarations in Mr Ceglia’s favor about the authenticity of his contract with Mr Zuckerberg. Mr Ceglia deserves his day in court, where the jury will resolve this dispute over the ownership of Facebook.”