Stolen Ideas

Posted: 12. February 2013 in Uncategorized
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So, it seems, that Mark Zuckerberg might not be a genious after all…

Read this and this.

Almost any part of the Facebook concept, down to the very Like-button, can be the result of straight-up theft of ideas.

I shake my head.

  1. Aqualion says:

    Of course it is just synchronicity… Sure… 😎

  2. I_ArtMan says:

    you know what? it's just synchronicity. schools had facebooks… in 1995 through icq, we were already exchanging links and pictures etc. due to who marketed the idea… i am not a judge. but i should be. 😎 :happy:

  3. gdare says:

    Yeah, its all over media for last few days. Nothing surprises me with FB, though 😛

  4. Spaggyj says:

    *shrug* Yeah, nothing really surprises me either as far as Facebook's concerned.

  5. garlingmatthews says:

    What suprises me is how amatuerish it still feels.

  6. Cois says:

    i had my face in a book when i was a toddler… I should've patented that shit.. :whistle:

  7. Furie says:

    Is that the guy who created and patented the concept of a social network, setting one up years ago and having that stolen by Zuckerberg for his college network (which became Facebook)?The saddest part of that story is the guy died before he could be recognised for what he'd done. This entire thing is being fought by the patent company.

  8. Aqualion says:

    Yeah, that's the thing, Mik. The patent bureau is called Rembrandt and rumour has it they have some of Europe's best law companies working for them. They will sue.Surfbook was not the first social network. There was MySpace and several other 'space'-based sites. It's just that the Surfbook concept is completely identical to Facebook as we know it. The idea was stolen. Just plain stolen.The iventer died in 2004, before he could realize his plan. But the patents remain.

  9. FlaRin says:

    Zuckeberg most certainly isn't a genius!! A much overused word, and he's nowhere near that. He's just a clever little bastard, but the world's full of them, for sure 🙂

  10. qlue says:

    :rolleyes:I hate the whole patent farm concept! A company that exists purely to secure other people's patent rights so they can earn a profit by litigation of people who are actually doing something! :irked:It makes a mockery of the very concept and purpose of patent laws in the first place! :awww::sst: Which doesn't get MZ of the hook though! :p

  11. Aqualion says:

    There's a difference between just plain stealing an idea, patent or not, and realizing someone else's idea with respect for the original thinker and, like in this case where the programmer died, in cooperation with the his family or company. Just taking over simply is not okay. That patent bureaus are moneymakers is an entirely different story – not uninteresting though.

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