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Submission + - Australian Forum Lawsuit result (

Pugzly writes: As a follow up to the previously reported lawsuit of Whirlpool (popular Australian forum) founder Simon Wright by Accouting Software company 2clix. It appears that Whirlpool received a response from 2Clix solicitors Turnbull & Co, stating that it has received instructions to discontinue the case and that it will "attend to preparation of the Notice of Discontinuance".
In an article published in The Age, 2clix reportedly sent Whirlpool a letter stating (amongst other things) "Our intent was neither to damage Whirlpool or its freedom of speech, only to help our genuine clients and stop our competitors making untrue accusations,".

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Submission + - Whirlpool Founder Sued By Software Manufacturer

An anonymous reader writes: The founder of Whirlpool, an Australian forum for broadband and internet discussion, with nearly 190,000 registered users, is being sued by an accounting software company that had their software bagged out by users commenting on the forum. This type of litigation seems to happen a bit in the US, but it's all new for Australia. The papers were apparently served last night, and it's all over the media Down Under this morning. This looks as though it's going to be a huge bunfight that is going to have its every move covered by the media here. And the ramifications if Whirlpool lose this case are enormous for Australian internet users.

Submission + - Broadband forum sued over user comments

weighn writes: "PC World (Australia) and The SMH report that "A software firm is suing a community website over comments published on its forum. 2Clix is suing the owner of the popular broadband community site Whirlpool, Simon Wright, for "injurious falsehood", asking for $AUS150,000 in damages and an injunction requiring Whirlpool to remove forum threads highly critical of 2Clix's accounting software.
Dale Clapperton, chairman of the online users lobby group Electronic Frontiers Australia, said 2Clix was using the law to silence its critics. Whirlpool users have begun donating money to the site to help Wright cover any legal costs."

Submission + - Whirlpool Founder Sued for User Submitted Posts (

craznar writes: "Whirlpool founder Simon Wright is being sued by accounting software firm 2Clix Australia Pty Ltd for alleged "injurious falsehood".

Whirlpool is a privately run, very large broadband discussion forum in Australia — it attacts no advertising revenue and is entirely run from the pocket of a few dedicated individuals.

The founder (Simon Wright) is being sued for AU$150,000 + Costs for an article and subsequent thread posted by the user base.

Should a company be able to sue based upon opinion, posted on a public forum ?

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Submission + - Software companies sues popular Australian forum ( 3

Pugzly writes: In a recent announcement on the Whirlpool front page, it appears that accounting software maker 2clix is sueing the founder of the forums as the founder "allowed statements 'relating to the Plaintiff and its software product that are both false and malicious' to be published on the Whirlpool forums."
Hopefully sanity will prevail, but it is the legal system...

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