2Clix Australia Pty Ltd, an accounting software firm, has initiated legal proceedings against Whirlpool founder Simon Wright. 2Clix is alleging that Simon Wright allowed forum members to post statements relating to 2Clix software applications that are both false and malicious. They are claiming damages of around $150,000 (AU), plus costs, and demanding the offending threads be removed.
I question if 2Clix is taking the right steps here, I mean Whirlpool has a member base of over 180,000 members (yes there may be duplicates in there) and thats potentially a very large group of people to alienate. In reality I think this may do them more harm than good.
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Statement of Claims
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Source – Whirlpool.net.au
Discussion Thread – Whirlpool.net.au
Electronic Frontiers Australia Media Release
Offending Thread 1 – 2Clix of Not 2Clix
Offending Thread 2 – Anyone used 2clix
Other Sites Carrying the news:
Sydney Morning Herald
CNet Blog – Matt Asay
Geek Rant dot org
Term of Interest – Streisand effect
The “Streisand effect” is a term used to describe a phenomenon on the Internet where an attempt to censor or remove (in particular, by the means of cease-and-desist letters) a certain piece of information (for example, a photograph, file, or even a whole website) backfires and the information receives extensive publicity on the Internet, often widely mirrored, or distributed on file-sharing networks in a short period of time.