A Massachusetts federal judge on Wednesday postponed
decision on the validity of the complaint by ConnectU alleging that the founder
of Facebook had stolen
the idea for its social networking website.
Specifically, the founders of ConnectU, which was originally
called HarvardConnection, Divya Narendra, Cameron Winklevoss and Tyler
Winklevosss, claim that Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg stole the idea for the
social networking site while he was recruited to develop a part of ConnectU.
“I’m going to offer you the opportunity to meet a higher
standard. It’s in your hands,” Judge Douglas P. Woodlock told
the 25-year-old brothers Winklevoss.
Woodlock is now giving ConnectU two months to present more
evidence, such as a contract, proving that Zuckerberg stole the idea from his
work with his former Harvard school mates. The judge called the Winklevoss twins’
claim “gossamer thin,” perhaps thinking that the lawsuit is was actually
brought about with intentions of securing a monetary settlement with Facebook.
“Dorm room chit-chat does not make a contract, so I want to
see it” Woodlock said, adding that, “A vague contract is no contract at all.”
Winklevoss claims to have record of 52 email exchanges and three meetings
between his team and Zuckerberg, where the group discussed the ConnectU site.
says that he voluntarily agreed to contribute six hours of coding for the
ConnectU site, but denies that he had knowledge of it being a social networking
system. Instead, he claims that he believed it to be a personal site to connect
students, alumni and employers.