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Man says Pinterest stole his ideas, files lawsuit

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Man says Pinterest stole his ideas, files lawsuit
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Theodore F. Schroeder filed a lawsuit against Pinterest, claiming that the idea for the website was his. The co-defendant listed on the filing is Brian Cohen. Cohen, who was one of the earliest investors in Pinterest, had worked with Schroeder on projects called Rendezvoo and Skoopwire. He also rejected a number of Pinterest-like features for Rendezoo. After Schroeder and Cohen went their separate ways, Cohen became an investor in Pinterest and the site is alleged to have used some of Schroeder's ideas, possibly passed along to it from Cohen.

The major ideas that Schroeder claims was stolen from him include content boards and infinite scrolling. Additionally, Rendezoo was said to have targeted females and Pinterest has a huge female membership which is said to be another sign that Pinterest used ideas belonging to others. The site has responded by saying that the lawsuit is "baseless" and will be "aggressively fought".

"The bottom line is that it’s illegal to steal an idea for your own benefit without regard to the originator of that idea. Here, Mr. Cohen joined an existing enterprise in which Mr Schroeder had a majority interest, and then took without permission or right Mr. Schroeder’s ideas, concepts, web application and technology"-Statement from the Plaintiff's Attorney

Pinterest is a site that allows members to "pin" pictures and images of things that are important to them and share it with the rest of the world.

source: AllThingsD via SlashGear

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posted on 29 Dec 2012, 03:34 2

1. Izzy_V (Posts: 216; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


And life goes on.

posted on 29 Dec 2012, 03:53

2. DOUBLE_BASS (Posts: 44; Member since: 18 Apr 2012)


And then it passes

posted on 29 Dec 2012, 04:18 1

3. jibraihimi (Posts: 695; Member since: 29 Nov 2011)


This virus of lawsuits is spreading very fast in modern world........... Is there any vaccine to cure this.........???

posted on 29 Dec 2012, 05:46 2

6. smallworld (Posts: 439; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)


There are always been lawsuits in every country in the world. People seem to realize that court only exist since apple vs samsung... sigh

posted on 29 Dec 2012, 11:01

8. Hollywould (Posts: 14; Member since: 31 Oct 2012)


I came up with the idea of a smartphone long ago..got beat to it, who do I sue?

posted on 29 Dec 2012, 04:19

4. rickywinataa (Posts: 262; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)


that's business, facebook was created in a way like that. theodore supposed to make a signed paper about sharing the ideas to other company or whatsoever

posted on 29 Dec 2012, 04:40

5. SEFsung (Posts: 15; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)


lawsuits.. lawsuits everywhere :|

posted on 29 Dec 2012, 10:17

7. amiaq (Posts: 499; Member since: 30 Jun 2012)


Apple syndrome

posted on 29 Dec 2012, 11:58

9. TheMan (Posts: 422; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


"Additionally, Rendezoo was said to have targeted females..."

I should be named on that suit because I have targeted females for almost as long as I can remember.

posted on 29 Dec 2012, 13:33

10. bvalde09 (Posts: 172; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


and we care because?

posted on 29 Dec 2012, 19:07

11. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


Technological stealing has been going on since Viktor Belenko's defection days so why is anyone surprised over these things ...

posted on 29 Dec 2012, 20:05

12. Jyakotu (Posts: 823; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)


I love me some Pinterest.

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