THE MARKETING DATABASE Facebook's CEO Mark Zuckerberg is continuing to fight ownership battles and has alleged that Paul Ceglia's emails supporting his claim are "forgeries".
Having sent the Winklevoss twins packing after they tried to claim a larger chunk of Facebook, the social network's founder has filed papers in US District Court in Buffalo, New York demanding that Ceglia provide copies of the alleged contract and emails in question.
Reuters reports that Zuckerberg has declared under oath that Ceglia's emails are "forgeries".
Earlier reports suggested that the emails looked very real indeed, which would be pretty bad for Zuckerberg.
The controversy stems from some work that Zuckerberg did for Ceglia on Streetfax, a search software project. It appears that there was some bargaining back and forth between the two over payment, followed by a general frost that settled over their relationship.
Ceglia claims that Facebook was partly his idea and that Zuckberberg signed a contract with him to give him 50 per cent ownership after he made a $2,000 investment in the project, something that Zuckerberg now denies.
"The contract is a cut-and-paste job, the emails are complete fabrications, and this entire lawsuit is a fraud," said the filing. "When this testing confirms that all of these documents are forgeries, this lawsuit will end immediately." µ
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