“The two Americans who were awarded millions of dollars after claiming they had come up with the idea for Facebook say their legal battle isn’t over“.
Zuckerberg thought that his nightmare was over, after having paid around $65 million for case settlement back in mid 2008, when the Winklevoss brothers came back for more! They are now vowing to continue with their steps for legal action in efforts to reclaim “what was rightfully theirs” in the first place: “It’s our duty to stand for principles. We’re willing to wait around and make sure that’s what right has been made right,” said Tyler Winklevoss.
If you haven’t heard about this story before, here’s what happened in a nutshell: In 2008, the two brothers, ConnectU founders, alleged that Harvard classmate Mark Zuckerberg strung them along and stole their idea of creating Facebook and ended up settling. The settlement of the battle between Facebook and ConnectU involved the award of Facebook shares to the Winklevoss twins. They later on appealed over the terms of the settlement but the judge denied their request.
According to Rory Cellan-Jones, the Winklevoss brothers are “not the kind to collapse over their oars as their boat heads round the final bend in the river“. Furthermore, and apart from their charming looks, they seem to know a bit about business and economics and appear to be pretty savvy about the law, rendering Facebook in a position where it should be scared, very scared!
The law doesn’t protect fools, or does it now?
The way I see this whole dilemma is different!
In my hometown, we have a saying which goes something like this: “The law does not protect fools“. From this saying on, I think the basis for the first law suit is a fairytale and the brothers’ fight for more is a PR stunt, jealousy or just a boredom killer!
Let’s assume that the brothers were 100% honest with their allegations against Zuckerberg stealing their idea, why didn’t they do anything about back there and then? Why didn’t they develop the application and launch it before ConnectU?
I’m not the skeptical type yet it seems to me, in this particular case, that the charming athletic brothers could not stand the thought of being defeated by the success of someone else, in this case, our privacy-invading Facebook’s Zuckerberg! Therefore, they hatched a plan aiming to undermine Zuckerberg’s image and taint his reputation! As if he didn’t have enough on his plate!
I’ll be at the edge of my seat to see what happens next! But for now, I’d like to ask you a few questions: What do you think of this whole fight? Do you think Zuckerberg is guilty? Or are you siding with him, if only for once, when it comes to the Winklevoss brothers’ plot?
Looking forward to reading your comments down below…