The total and absolute absurdity of the world where the engines of a federal lawsuit get cranked up to adjudicate the hurt feelings (because 'our idea was stolen!') of entitled Harvard undergraduates is completely missed by Sorkin.
.. we certainly know enough to know that any legal system that would allow these kids to extort $65 million from the most successful business this century should be ashamed of itself.
Did Zuckerberg breach his contract? Maybe, for which the damages are more like $650, not $65 million. Did he steal a trade secret? Absolutely not. Did he steal any other 'property'? Absolutely not—the code for Facebook was his, and the 'idea' of a social network is not a patent. It wasn't justice that gave the twins $65 million; it was the fear of a random and inefficient system of law. That system is a tax on innovation and creativityj. That tax is the real villain here, not the innovator it burdened.
Quarta-feira, Dezembro 15, 2010
the villain of The Social Network
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