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IMPORTANT NOTICE & QUESTION TO SHAREHOLDERS OF:
Is a boycott of Allstate products and services on the
horizon—a boycott that may depress your stock value?
The Wall Street Journal on Nov. 2, 2011 reported that
Allstate is the 29th largest advertiser on Facebook. Facebook’s
core technology was proved in federal court to be stolen from a
small innovation company in Columbus, Ohio named Leader
Technologies (“Leader”). Its lead inventor is Michael
McKibben. His son was attending Harvard at the same time as
Mark Zuckerberg. When Zuckerberg was asked to turn over his
computer information from 2003-2004, he claimed the
computers were lost. Recently however, it has been discovered
that Zuckerberg and his lawyers lied. No less than 28 computer
hard drives of evidence—an estimated 28-50 million files—were
never lost and still exist. These files may likely prove that
Zuckerberg stole Leader’s source code and innovations, which is
probably why they lied. Unbelievably, Zuckerberg says he built
the whole system in “one to two weeks” while studying for his
finals. Theft of creative works is illegal (stating the obvious).
Leader won in federal court a verdict of “literal infringement” on 11 of 11 counts on just one of their
patents. Yet, Facebook has not paid Leader a single dime to license Leader’s creative works, which
include multiple patents and copyrights for the technology that Facebook offers. We’re not talking about a
little piece of Facebook, we’re talking about the whole Facebook system!
How does this affect Allstate and your shareholding? Your company is enjoying the fruits of advertising
on Facebook—a pirated social media platform. Remember geometry logic in high school? If A implies B,
and B implies C, then A implies C. Likewise, if Allstate advertises on Facebook, and Facebook infringes
Leader’s patents and copyrights, then Allstate may be enjoying Leader’s patents and copyrights illegally.
Allstate shareholders can insist that their company do the right thing here, and either: (a) stop
advertising on Facebook, or (b) demand that Facebook start paying Leader for the use of their creative works.
American companies have a moral duty to do right by their innovators. Innovators are the engine of
our economy. Without new ideas, our economy eventually sinks. If every innovator of patents and NOTICE: This
copyrights had to wait for our slow, and all too often incompetent and corrupt courts to protect their flyer may
creative works, American creativity would stop. The innovator would reason that since his or her work contain
would never payoff, then they would simply put their drawings away. The world would see no benefit. opinion. As
What’s the next step if Allstate does nothing to help stop the piracy? Customer boycotts of Allstate opinion, it
products and services. Call on Allstate to help fix this insult to American ingenuity. should not
Read more at http://americans4innovation.blogspot.com upon
Prepared by RESPONSIBLE SHAREHOLDERS UNITED February 19, 2013 independent
A grassroots effort to fix America’s most pressing social and economic problems through citizen advocacy verification.