Sean Parker's Penance for Big Sur Wedding: Build an App

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Forget picking up trash on the side of the road. Sean Parker, the Napster founder and first president of Facebook, is involved in developing an "online video and/or mobile app" to make up for an elaborate wedding he threw last year in a protected redwood forest. It's part of a legal settlement signed with the California Coastal Commission, who also reached an agreement with Parker to pay $2.5 million. The prospective app will help Californians navigate their way around private property to public beaches — a problem highlighted by the attempts of billionaires Vinod Khosla and David Geffen to limit public access near their beachfront estates. Last June, Parker was widely criticized for holding a more than $4.5 million, celebrity-studded wedding in Big Sur, California, complete with "Lord of the Rings"-style costumes. The California Coastal Commission reached the deal with Parker after it determined he had not obtained the proper permits for structures set up for the the elaborate wedding.



— Keith Wagstaff