Facebook contests man’s claim to majority ownership of site
Facebook Inc. will try to get a New York man’s claim for majority ownership of the website thrown out of court, attorneys for the social networking site said. A complaint by Paul Ceglia of Wellsville claims that a 7-yearold contract he signed with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg for software development entitles him to 84 percent of the company.
Ceglia attorney Terrence Connors said the two men met when Zuckerberg, then a Harvard University freshman, responded to an ad Ceglia had posted on Craigslist looking for someone to develop software for a street-mapping database he was creating.
Zuckerberg offered to take on Ceglia’s project for $1,000, Connors said, and then told Ceglia about a project of his own, a kind of online yearbook for Harvard students that he wanted to expand. Ceglia said he gave Zuckerberg another $1,000 to continue work on Zuckerberg’s “The Face Book,” with the condition that Ceglia would own a 50 percent interest in the software and business if it expanded. The percentage grew to 84 percent based on a clause that added a percentage point for each day the project went past its Jan. 1, 2004, due date.