Steve Wozniak Faces Copyright Infringement Lawsuit Over Branded Tech School
Monday May 24, 2021. 03:39 AM , from Slashdot
Slashdot reader Obipale quotes Gizmodo:
Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is facing a million-dollar lawsuit for allegedly stealing the idea to create a Woz-branded tech school, according to a weekend Insider report.
Connecticut business professor Ralph Reilly claims he and Wozniak agreed to establish a 'tech university' and sealed the deal with an on-camera handshake in 2011. The educational platform, which was aimed at teaching adults computer and other technical skills, would lean heavily on Wozniak's name and reputation as a key engineering force in Apple's early days for branding purposes. However, the partnership never got off the ground, Reilly said in court filings reviewed by Gizmodo and Insider. Wozniak went on to launch virtually the same idea under the name Woz U in 2017 after partnering with the code-learning firm Coder Camps. In response, Reilly reached out to Wozniak via email asking to be a part of the venture, according to court filings. 'It's exactly what I envisioned for Woz Institute of Technology when I first approached you with the idea,' Reilly wrote at the time.
'You are right on the mark,' Wozniak responded. 'You had the right idea... I doubt it would have happened without your initial idea!'
But when Reilly pushed back asking for partial ownership in the project, he was met with radio silence. Reilly went on sue Wozniak for alleged intellectual property theft and copyright infringement. He's seeking at least $1 million in relief and damages. Other accusations Reilly's brought against Wozniak such as breach of contract have already been dismissed by a judge...
For his part, Wozniak's team claims the two never reached a real deal on the proposal and the aforementioned on-camera handshake was just one of countless photo-ops he regularly conducts with fans.
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