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Winkle, Winkle, Little Stars

Posted by lazdinsa on June 24, 2011

Today it was announced that the Winklevoss twins will sue Facebook and its founder Mark Zuckerberg for yet another round – this time for withholding evidence. The announcement comes only days after the Winklevoss twins said that they would not appeal a Supreme Court decision that recently upheld a $65 million settlement that had been reached between the two parties. Guess they had a change of heart.

As famously depicted in the movie The Social Network, the $65 million settlement resulted from an earlier lawsuit filed by the “Winkle-vi,” claiming that Zuckerberg had stolen their idea for Facebook. Flash forward; the twins are now seeking more compensation, claiming that Facebook and Zuckerberg withheld evidence (intentionally or unintentionally) during the first trial, which would have gotten them an even larger settlement. Wow. Since when is $65 million not enough?

I guess it’s a principle thing, but I can’t say that I fully understand the Winklevoss’ unbridled sense of entitlement. Since when does thinking up an idea entitle you to exorbitant compensation – especially when you haven’t actually…done anything to earn it? An idea is an idea – that’s all. If you haven’t patented it, and you didn’t enter a formal contract with a person you’ve shared it with, you shouldn’t have any claim to it. Sorry. That’s just capitalism.


One Response to “Winkle, Winkle, Little Stars”

  1. chadlymc said

    Winkle-vi! Tee hee! Ha ha ha ha ha! I LOVE it!. First of all, The Social Network, fabulous movie if you haven’t seen it, you simply must. Period.

    Aris, I agree with your assessment that isn’t $65 million enough? I also agree that an idea is an idea. The “Winkle-vi” claim to have reached a verbal agreement with Zuckerberg for him to build their flamingly lame student site. Legally a verbal agreement is like a contract. Except for the minor inconvenience that it also turns out to be a he said/she said type of argument. They claim that after agreeing to work on their site, Zuckerberg stole their idea and created Facebook. Zuckerberg has always maintained that his original idea for Facebook was far different than the original idea for the “Winkle-Vi” proposed site. He’s right. Hence a settlement. The problem with the “Winkle-Vi” is that their father is a blood sucking lawyer. They’ll sue Zuckerberg forever because they think they have a chance. I do agree with you and idea is an idea until the work is done and the patent is achieved. Zuckerberg did the work and therefore, it’s his site.

    The bottom line is this: long live Facebook and long live social media!

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