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In a Partnership of Unequals, a Start-Up Suffers

Jul 21, 2010, 22:09 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steve Lohr)

"Infoflows saw things differently. "They took our ideas and tried to claim them as their own," Mr. Stone said. "And they tried to crush a little company."

"Settlement talks a few months ago failed. Mr. Stone and his Infoflows colleagues were willing to be interviewed now because, they say, they want their account of events made public as they try to restart their business. They also say they hope the court ruling in their favor may deter other big companies tempted to bully a start-up, as they say Corbis did.

"It is also the case that as a result of the ruling Mr. Gates — who owns Corbis, but is not a party to the suit — had to personally put up a bond of more than $20 million for damages assessed. Infoflows will not get a penny of that money until the appeal process concludes, if Infoflows prevails, or a settlement is reached."

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