Suing the Social Network
There has been much speculation recently about whether Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg will take legal action against the recently released movie The Social Network. There has been similar speculation as to what his chances of winning are if he does. In general, most questioners, including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal Law Blog, and THR, Esq. agree that Zuckerberg would be unlikely to win (and as time goes on, is more and more unlikely to actually sue) but it is an interesting problem to ponder. It calls to mind the defamation and public/private figure issues that many IU Maurer students work on in their first year LRW classes. Is Zuckerberg a public figure? Is there actual malice? How do we measure the assorted claims of the movie’s truth or fiction?