Ceglia vs. Facebook

WELLSVILLE – On Tuesday a judge will hear more testimony in the now famous case that a Wellsville man has against Facebook and it’s founder, Mark Zuckerberg.

The lawsuit alleges that Paul Ceglia, of Wellsville, owns 84% of the social networking site Facebook, and comes complete with a $1,000 receipt of monies paid to Zuckerberg and a ‘poorly written’ contract between the two.

Ceglia has recently spoken on the matter. This according to the Wellsville Daily:

The first time I physically met (Zuckerberg) was the day we signed the contract. Before that, we were talking for close to a month. I was looking to hire a programmer. I had an idea how to build a database to search for non-specific terms,” said Ceglia in an interview with the Wellsville Daily Reporter this week. “In New York City, all five boroughs and New Jersey, it’s a madhouse of streets. It’s very common on a street, the name will change, five, six times. The statistics we used at Street Fax is, 90 percent of all accidents happen at intersection.
“Insurance adjusters would pay us and be able to instantly pull up a photo of an intersection while they were on the telephone. Instead of pretending to be at an intersection, you could see photos of it” Ceglia continued. “The problem that I knew existed with this database is, a police officer may spell Fassett Lane (with one t or one s) and there is no assurance he will spell the name correctly. In 2004, I don’t now if there was a database like this and Mark did not think there was database like this. The goal was if you spell it and it’s close, it will show you results that are close.
“Today, you use Google, and type a word in that is not spelled correctly, it says “did you mean … ?” They have that today, but not in 2004.”
Ceglia said Zuckerberg’s bid for the job was lower than everyone else.
“We met Mark, he seemed like a bright guy and we said, ‘Yes, let’s do this.’ That was really how I met him,” said Ceglia. “At the time, everyone felt it was a really awesome project. I thought Mark was a young kid who was going to code for us and he was an 18-year-old kid with a good demeanor with a good brain and went to a good school (Harvard).
“I think he treated me like I was the business mind. Talking to him, he didn’t know a lot about too much other than coding,” Ceglia continued. “(Over the years) I thought of him like you think of a high school kid you hire to paint your house. They want to borrow a couple bucks to buy some hot dogs. A few years later, you find out they own Nathan’s Hot Dogs!”
Ceglia did not want to reveal on the record why he feels his case is so strong, but the reference to hot dogs was a hint, he said.
Ceglia also said the fact he lives in a small town like Wellsville has no bearing on the strength of his case.
“Does it matter where I’m from? I’m from Wellsville, it’s a great town and a great community,” said Ceglia. “Zuckerberg is from Dobbs Ferry. What is that? Who cares? Things happen where they happen.
“When the evidence of this case come out, I think the skeptics are going to say, ‘Oh! Oh, Oh!’ I think justice is  my main interest. I see now, through the evidence, I had a hand in starting this amazing business and I should get what is rightfully mine. I think the weight of the case shows that,”

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