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Paul Ceglia Fined $5,000 In Facebook Case

samzenpus posted more than 2 years ago | from the slap-on-the-friends-list dept.

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An anonymous reader writes "U.S. Magistrate Judge Leslie Foschio has sanctioned Paul Ceglia, a man that claims he owns half Facebook, and ordered him to pay $5,000 to the court. The judge also ordered Ceglia to pay for part of Facebook's attorney fees and expenses, an amount which will likely be much higher. The social networking giant hopes to have Ceglia's lawsuit dismissed early this year."

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Wow... (2)

Shoten (260439) | more than 2 years ago | (#38669204)

Five minutes and nobody's posted yet. That says a lot about what people think of Ceglia :)

Re:Wow... (3)

pro151 (2021702) | more than 2 years ago | (#38669260)

Sorry I am late. If you are going to be a dumb-ass, you better have deep pockets.

Re:Wow... (4, Insightful)

rudy_wayne (414635) | more than 2 years ago | (#38669266)

Five minutes and nobody's posted yet. That says a lot about what people think of Facebook :)

fixed that for you.

Re:Wow... (3, Funny)

oztiks (921504) | more than 2 years ago | (#38669412)

I just think its because nobody really gives a shit.

Everyone saw the Movie already, it goes for far too long and pins Mark Zuckker to be some sort of prodigal computer genius that can hack Harvard web servers using wget.

I still think the scene from Swordfish (see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zfy5dFhw3ik [youtube.com] ) was way awesomer than anything Social Networking had to offer.

Re:Wow... (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38669482)

Really? I thought the movie pinned Zuckerberg to be a do-nothing loser college drop-out whose only life-long accomplishment is writing a few hundred lines of PHP.

Re:Wow... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38669556)

Yeah, it didn't matter how many cool hacking scenes with punchy music or phrat party sex scenes you threw into that movie they still couldn't mask the above statement from resonating throughout the whole film.

Re:Wow... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38671154)

Just like how it doesn't matter how much money dumb rich people throw at him, they still can't mask the above statement from resonating throughout the real Mark Zuckerberg.

Re:Wow... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38672014)

Really? I thought the movie pinned Zuckerberg to be a do-nothing loser college drop-out whose only life-long accomplishment is writing a few hundred lines of PHP.

A few hundred PHP lines? Now that must be the most highly valued lines of PHP (or any programming code) in the history of mankind!

Re:Wow... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38675028)

lol, no.

Facebook's code is, always has been, and always will be worthless. $0, worthless. Probably less, actually, thanks to the technical debt it inherited from a cowboy coder who dropped out before taking his engineering requirements. To this day Facebook has the absolute worst engineering practices of any major software company.

The only valuable part of Facebook is the freedom to defraud foreign investors.

Re:Wow... (1)

syousef (465911) | more than 2 years ago | (#38669792)

I still think the scene from Swordfish (see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zfy5dFhw3ik [youtube.com] ) was way awesomer than anything Social Networking had to offer.

I can't see the page from work, but if it's the one I'm thinking of, you need to date more. Get over it, that's probably never happened in the history of humanity - its just immature fantasy for geeks who have trouble finding a partner.

Re:Wow... (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38669994)

Is someone a little cranky cause IT has restricted their Internet access? I have my right mind to call up your manager and tell him your wasting work resources posting garbage on news sites when you should be you know WORKING.

Re:Wow... (1)

Hognoxious (631665) | more than 2 years ago | (#38672076)

I don't see why someone who works in a kebab shop needs internet access anyway.

Re:Wow... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38670128)

Correct. What movie?

Re:Wow... (1)

mikeken (907710) | more than 2 years ago | (#38674596)

Ha nice scene to lead us all too. But I just wanted to chime in and say that swordfish was much more "awesomer". It was cool because if you recall from Swordfish the huge monitor array setup, it must have been like 10 monitors were all SGI brand 17 inch LCD screens. At the time, I was working for an SGI refurbishing company and I was using those monitors every day. It makes the movie that much more personal and "awesomer".

Re:Wow... (1)

oztiks (921504) | more than 2 years ago | (#38692836)

There were also references too Linus Tovalds in the film making Swordfish even awesomer. Sneakers was had ultimate awesomeness IMHO but puts Swordfish in at a close second, the Hally Berry topless scene solidifying its coolailty.

Re:Wow... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38674724)

The awesomest aspect of the social network was it was the first film shot on a Red One MX [wikipedia.org] .

Re:Wow... (1)

PopeRatzo (965947) | more than 2 years ago | (#38670426)

Five minutes and nobody's posted yet. That says a lot about what people think of Ceglia :)

Or, what people think of Facebook.

ha ha (0)

viperidaenz (2515578) | more than 2 years ago | (#38669206)

what a douche

Re:ha ha (2)

Synerg1y (2169962) | more than 2 years ago | (#38669252)

Zutterberg or Ceglia?

Re:ha ha (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38669286)

samzenpus for posting it

Re:ha ha (4, Informative)

viperidaenz (2515578) | more than 2 years ago | (#38669398)

Both, but I was referring to Ceglia. It seems he refused to give up the details because he knew the contents would be further proof the documents were fakes. How hes been forced to provide access and has to pay a fine for being a douche.

Re:ha ha (4, Funny)

MightyMartian (840721) | more than 2 years ago | (#38669436)

Does this have to be an either/or sort of question?

Re:ha ha (1)

StikyPad (445176) | more than 2 years ago | (#38675516)

Xors not.

Re:ha ha (1)

tehcyder (746570) | more than 2 years ago | (#38674170)

Yes.

Blatant Abuse (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38669250)

What a blatant abuse of the legal system. Now if the RIAA and MPAA were hit with more fines like this for their abuse of the legal system.

Re:Blatant Abuse (1)

oztiks (921504) | more than 2 years ago | (#38669504)

Nonononono .... haven't you heard abuse of the legal system keeps everyone in the job. You can't punish those that provide meaningless busy work for public servants, lawyers and in criminal cases cops.

Re:Blatant Abuse (1)

KingAlanI (1270538) | more than 2 years ago | (#38670736)

yeah, that's what I thought - good to see people actually get punished for trying to abuse the legal system. RIAA/MPAA shenanigans are but one example.

I also own half of Facebook (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38669264)

I have a book. In fact, I have several. And now that I think about it, I also have a face. I'm the owner of all of Facebook.

Re:I also own half of Facebook (1)

syousef (465911) | more than 2 years ago | (#38669782)

I have a book. In fact, I have several. And now that I think about it, I also have a face. I'm the owner of all of Facebook.

That's nothing. I also have a face, so I am claiming half ownership. Also I have friends. Honest I do. Therefore I claim ownership of FriendFace.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6rNgCnY1lPg [youtube.com]

Also I've been so cold I have shaken before. Therefore I claim Jitter.

Re:I also own half of Facebook (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38670376)

That's nothing. I also have a face, so I am claiming half ownership.

Oh, that is so two-faced of you!

Re:I also own half of Facebook (1)

EdgeCreeper (1618161) | more than 2 years ago | (#38672216)

I also have a face, so I claim MyFace. I also have a book about space.

I pwn .5 fac3 b00c!!1! (1)

WaffleMonster (969671) | more than 2 years ago | (#38669290)

In the long have a feeling it would have been better for everyone if Pauls retarded scheme had worked.

Facebook IPO = company turn into rich brats with infinite senses of entitlement overnight.

Re:I pwn .5 fac3 b00c!!1! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38669318)

It's called beat boxing you fucking motherfucker fucking dick licker.

Re:I pwn .5 fac3 b00c!!1! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38669836)

By definition that would mean that if he fucked your mom he'd have to lick her dick right?

Why is everyone conspiring against Ceglia? (5, Funny)

gstrickler (920733) | more than 2 years ago | (#38669936)

I mean, three law firms have dropped him, FB or their lawyers planted forged evidence on his computer. Why does no one believe him? Sure, he has a history as a con-man, and he presented an original 8 yr old contract in court, but even the forensic analysts are against him and they claim the ink is less than 2 years old. Can't a guy get a break?

Anyone who looks at this case can see he's being cheated out of his half of FB.

PS. In case you missed it, yes, that's sarcasm.

The one thing I don't get (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38670566)

Why is he having to pay legal expenses? Sure he's wrong, and he's a scam artist, so what? Since when do such people pay legal expenses.

If the BSA sued you for a completely bogus case, you would have to be their legal expenses, even if you were 100% in the right.

Re:The one thing I don't get (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38670714)

Simple. He lost to a big corporation. Big corporations are bailed out by the gov't if they lose money. So charging him is saving taxpayers money. It's good for you citizen!

Re:The one thing I don't get (1)

GeoffreyBernardo (1991048) | more than 2 years ago | (#38672616)

Correct

Re:The one thing I don't get (3, Insightful)

ZombieBraintrust (1685608) | more than 2 years ago | (#38673198)

He is paying legal expenses because he pissed off the judge by telling his lawyers to ignore the Judges order. This caused a delay in the proceedings. The $5000 is for wasting the judges time. The legal expenses are for the opposing sides time during that delay.

Re:The one thing I don't get (1)

walterbyrd (182728) | more than 2 years ago | (#38673430)

Seems fair. But, why don't companies, like Microsoft, get in trouble when they defy the court's orders?

Re:Why is everyone conspiring against Ceglia? (1)

Rogerborg (306625) | more than 2 years ago | (#38671802)

You realise that you're getting your facts from lawyers? Lawyers that work for Facebook.

I'm just hoping that the Court will cut the baby in half... and then bury it.

It's like Mega Shark vs Giant Octopus... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38670362)

...in that I'm not sure who to favour, but I'm fairly sure both would screw me if they could.

Also, Sharks are known to forge documents - Mega Sharks, moreso.

Film at 11 (1)

Kerstyun (832278) | more than 2 years ago | (#38672098)

Kike Zuckerburg offer's bigger bribe to judge than dago Ciglia. Nothing to see hear folk's.

Re:Film at 11 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38672844)

Another episode of "Posts that would get modded up if the poster knew how to use apostrophes."

Re:Film at 11 (1)

tehcyder (746570) | more than 2 years ago | (#38674230)

Another episode of "Posts that would get modded up if the poster knew how to use apostrophes."

Yeah, never mind that it's racist bollocks, let's concentrate on the grammar.

Expert Witness (4, Interesting)

chrisphotonic (2450982) | more than 2 years ago | (#38673816)

I live near Ceglia, and his lawyer asked me to be an expert witness in this case. It was a short high paying job, but the lawyer was being secretive about what the project was. I was told it was to check some emails to see if they were authentic.

I didn't sign the NDA right away because the lawyer was acting strangely about my requests to have everything in writing. After doing some googling, I found the lawyers name associated with Ceglia. I told the lawyer about the on-line news articles that saw about Ceglia, that he looked like the scourge of the earth (ripping people off before in some heating scam), and I wanted no part of it. I'm glad I didn't blacken my companies reputation with that crap- if I were to be in the news.

From what I was told, the emails they wanted me to 'verify' were several years old, had no encryption, and no digital signatures of any kind. They wanted to validate the authenticity of plain-text emails, that everyone knows are easy to spoof, and even easier to edit your own copies.
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