“It’s not because of the amount of money. For me and my colleagues, the most important thing is that we create an open information flow for people. Having media corporations owned by conglomerates is just not an attractive idea to me”
This is the famous statement of Mark Zuckerberg, the President and Chief Executive of Facebook, the most popular social networking site as of the time.
Despite the success of reaching the goals of openness and connectivity, Zuckerberg and his colleagues are facing another blow from his critique.
Paul Ceglia the owner of a wood pellet fuel company in New York filed a lawsuit against Zuckerberg claiming 50% of Facebook website revenue. This man has already taken Facebook to court before and lost and has been convicted of fraud, has refilled a law suit against Facebook, bringing bigger guns and bigger evidence with him. A significantly larger law firm is backing him up this time, but the real story here is the new evidence in the form of a formal contract.
He claims that he gave Mark Zuckerberg $1,000 to fund the project with the understanding that he would maintain 50 percent ownership, with more possible if the project was not completed by a deadline.
If this contract turns out to be legit, it could mean that Ceglia will be very rich in time. But if history took a different path, who knows, it might have turned out that Ceglia owned Facebook before it ever really took off. The history of Facebook is indeed a never-ending mystery.