The image sharing popular social network is facing a lawsuit by a man(Theodore F. Schroeder) who claims that it was his idea. He has claimed that ideas such as ‘boards’ and ‘infinite scrolling’ were his mind creations which collectively formed Pinterest.
It is also said that Theodore F. Schroeder had been a former business partner of Barry Cohen. They both worked for the site in 2007/2008 and the plaintiff claims that Cohen took those ideas into his new startup Pinterest when he became one of the early investor of the project.
He also mentioned that the female oriented or friendly design and the color scheme of the image sharing social network were his ideas of another start up Rendezvoo. The Attorney Richard Scheff has quoted “The bottom line is that it is illegal to steal an idea for your own benefit without regard to the originator of that idea. Mr Cohen joined an existing enterprise in which Mr Schroeder had a majority interest, and then took the idea without any permission or right Mr Schroeder’s ideas, concepts, web application and technology.”
A spokesperson from Pinterest debunked the lawsuit by calling it “baseless” and vowed to fight the allegations put on by Mr Schroeder.
This lawsuit is almost similar to Winklewoss twins v/s Mark Zuckerberg. In which the Winklewoss twins stated that Mark Zuckerberg had stolen their idea of Facebook from the Harvard Connection which was later known as ConnectU. In which the Mark Zuckerberg and Winklewoss twins settled for around $50 million.
Did Pinterest really stole the idea or is it just another bluff ?
Source : TechRadar