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ConnectU sues Facebook over origins

28 Mar, 2007

The lawsuit (docket) filed, by the Winklevoss brothers, and Divya Narendra, accuses Mark Zuckerberg of stealing the source code, design, and business plan for Facebook in 2003 when he briefly worked in the Harvard dorms as a programmer for their own fledgling social-networking site, now known as ConnectU. The plaintiffs have demanded that Facebook be shut down and that full control of the site – and its profits – be turned over to them. In their motion to dismiss, Zuckerberg’s lawyers note:

Only one of [the students] had an idea significant enough to build a great company. That one person was Mark Zuckerberg.

Facebook expects to earn $30 million this year on revenue of $150 million, mostly derived from advertising, according to the Wall Street Journal.