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1. The initial site value - There are two possible ways to determine this. The first way would be the "Fair Market Value" of the site which is what a willing buyer would pay for the site and what a willing seller would accept in order to sell the site. But since there is no buyer and the site is not for sale, the second way to determine the value of a website is from the revenue it generates. Since the website has been sitting idle for 2 years and you have been unsuccessful in raising any money from it, one would have to conclude that the website was not worth anything;
2. Whether or not you stole an idea - If one wants to protect their ideas, they would register them with the US Patent and Trademark Office. However, even though an individual does not protect their idea by registering them, they can sue you, tie you up in litigation for years, and cost you thousands of dollars in legal fees just to defend your position that you did not steal an idea.
The demand of your partner (or former partner) 25% interest in the new website you are developing without taking any risk is outrageous. If he insists on 25%, you should take a variation of that idea and use it in your new development. I do no know if that would be possible because you have not given enough facts and I do not have the technological background, but what I am trying to say is taking the idea that you will be accused of stealing and changing it somewhat, to a degree that it is different enough so that he cannot accuse you of stealing anything, so that you can create your own website without having to give him 25% of anything,
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