Man says Pinterest stole his ideas, files lawsuit

Man says Pinterest stole his ideas, files lawsuit
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".

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



12. Jyakotu

Posts: 868; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

I love me some Pinterest.

11. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

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

10. bvalde09

Posts: 191; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

and we care because?

9. TheMan

Posts: 494; Member since: Sep 21, 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.

7. amiaq

Posts: 509; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

Apple syndrome

5. SEFsung

Posts: 15; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

lawsuits.. lawsuits everywhere :|

4. rickywinataa

Posts: 262; Member since: Apr 05, 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

3. jibraihimi

Posts: 816; Member since: Nov 29, 2011

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

6. smallworld

Posts: 537; Member since: Jul 13, 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

8. Hollywould

Posts: 14; Member since: Oct 31, 2012

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


Posts: 48; Member since: Apr 18, 2012

And then it passes

1. Izzy_V

Posts: 216; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

And life goes on.

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