ConnectU v. Mark Zuckerberg & The Facebook

ConnectU v. Mark Zuckerberg & The Facebook, a software copyright infringement caseDisputeSoft was engaged as a consulting expert by ConnectU in the matter of ConnectU LLC v. Mark Zuckerberg and The Facebook, Inc. ConnectU alleged that Zuckerberg misappropriated ConnectU’s trade secrets – specifically, its ideas for a social networking website. This highly publicized case is finally over, with both the California and Massachusetts U.S. District Courts dismissing the remaining claims.

Divya Narendra, Cameron Winklevoss, and Tyler Winklevoss, founders of the social networking website ConnectU, allege that Harvard classmate Mark Zuckerberg breached an oral contract to develop ConnectU and used their source code and idea to create TheFacebook.com. DisputeSoft intellectual property software expert Jeff Parmet was engaged by ConnectU LLC to compare its source code to the source code of TheFacebook and to determine the validity of these claims.

DisputeSoft compared source code of the two sites, evaluated prior art, and reached determinations regarding substantially similar code and expression of ideas. Significant computer forensic and electronic discovery issues were also addressed as part of Mr. Parmet’s work.

With the settlement appeal from the U. S. District Court for the District of California upheld by the 9th Circuit, and the recent dismissal of the original case in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, it appears that this seven-year-long litigation is finally over.

Another of DisputeSoft’s software trade secret misappropriation experts who worked on this case was J. Todd Trivett.

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