Whether or not it’s looking to take after its predecessor, Facebook, Snapchat founders have found themselves in a nasty legal battle against claims and allegations. Ever since Reggie Brown claimed to have co-founded the app earlier this year, he and Evan Spiegel and Bobby Murphy (the credited creators) have been in and out of the courtrooms, battling series of events and idea credits.
Brown seeks credit, funds, and a righted historical background of how Snapchat came to be. Pictures of text exchanged between the parties have since added to confusion, with interactions that mildly back up each side’s story.
Most recently, Brown has taken actions to disqualify Spiegel and Murphy’s law firm, Quinn Emanuel. Allegedly, Brown was advised by another QE lawyer earlier this year, though court documents show that Brown signed an agreement stating QE did not represent him. However, Brown says the information shared within these sessions could potentially harm his case. After all, how often do the defensive lawyers have first-hand info on their opposition?
Do we sense a screenplay being written?
Like Facebook, the creators were college buds – Stanford vs. Harvard – who managed to create a unique social media idea that would go on to soar in popularity. Another similarity, the two are in an epic battle deciding who came up with what idea, when, and who should get the credit (along with the cash). Finally, there was a public controversy as to just how private the sites contents are – is this a massive case of déjà vu or what?
What This Means for Users
Other than following trial news or remembering to get any app ideas a swift patent, it’s likely that the lawsuit will cause no changes for users. Pictures can still be sent, read, and deleted in normal fashion. In fact, more users may even sign up with the pending media attention. It worked for Facebook, why shouldn’t Snapchat join a proven method as well?