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The Social Network: copyright breach or betrayal?

If you haven’t watched the movie, I won’t be spoiling it by saying who the enemies are, even though there’s much more to the movie. And in that case, you should stop reading this blog.

But if you’ve watched the movie, I’m pretty sure it made you reflect on a few things. Here’s what got me thinking…

A lesson in copyright

Fellow classmates Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss and Divya Narendra (yes, it was the same actor playing both roles) sue Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg for stealing their ideas to set up the original version of Facebook.

The legal battle ended in settlement in 2008. But although Zuckerberg is almost depicted as the bad guy, the movie’s ending suggests an undeserving win for the Winklevoss twins who managed to extract a huge sum of money out of the pockets of the guy who might not have infringed copyright laws at all.

Let’s go back to theory…

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This blog has been posted on the IG Book blog, the online companion for Jovan Kurbalija's book, An Introduction to Internet Governance.

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