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Court Says Would-Be Facebook Owner Ceglia Must Return From Ireland

Paul Ceglia’s sixth legal team has been ordered to summon him back from Ireland to look for missing USB drives in his ongoing and increasingly wacky dispute over whether Mark Zuckerberg agreed to give him half of Facebook in 2003.

On Wednesday a New York judge gave Ceglia 30 days to respond under oath about what happened to the evidence after Facebook complained Ceglia was hiding out in Ireland.

Ceglia doesn’t have to appear in court but he does have to deliver a signed declaration about his “in-person, good-faith efforts” to find the evidence, said a court order issued Thursday.

Earlier this week, Ceglia’s lawyers asked the court to sanction Zuckerberg for deleting relevant emails. Facebook lawyers previously called Ceglia’s claims fraudulent and are now describing them as “delusional” and “desperate.”

The court order seemed to ignore the deleted email question.

A section of Ceglia's alleged contract with Zuckerberg marked for ink analysis

Please see the disclosure about Facebook in my ethics statement.

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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work