Harvard Alum Files Entertainment Lawsuit After Being Omitted from Facebook Movie


Facebook, Inc. is at the center of yet another legal dispute over who first came up with the idea for the popular social networking site. This time, however, the plaintiff is going after the makers of the film that chronicled its creation, The Social Network.

While many other people have sought compensation for their roles in the creation of Facebook, this case has an interesting legal spin in that Aaron Greenspan is going after Columbia Pictures. Specifically, Greenspan’s entertainment lawsuit alleges that he was defamed by being omitted from the award-winning film about Facebook’s now infamous rise to fame.

As detailed by the Hollywood Reporter, Greenspan’s allegations against Columbia Pictures rest on a theory of “defamation by omission.” While defamation generally involves the issuance of a false statement about another person, which causes that person to suffer harm, Greenspan contends that his reputation was harmed by what was not said. In essence, he argues that Columbia Pictures should be held liable because The Social Network failed to tell the whole story (in his opinion)...

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