Internet Brands (VBulletin) flexes its muscles - files lawsuit against XenForo

This is one way to respond to your competition:

Internet Brands files a lawsuit against XenForo

XenForo beta is scheduled to arrive today. However, things have become complicated with Internet Brands filing a lawsuit against the developers behind XenForo.

Internet Brands is of course the company behind vBulletin which is one of the most popular forum application in the world.

The developers behind XenForo were once working for Internet Brands Jelsoft though they left a while ago.

Internet Brands said in a statement:

The suit is simple: we claim that Kier, Mike, and Ashley have infringed and violated contracts they signed with us to gain unfair business advantage. As such, Xenforo’s software unfairly stands on the shoulders of more than a decade of development by Jelsoft. Internet Brands owns this intellectual property.

Read more here

Given their reliance on community, I’m not sure whether Internet Brands have considered the potential fallout from this action. Even though it’s no doubt a stress the developers of XenForo could well do without, I don’t think they could have asked for better publicity.

I for one wouldn’t have known about it were it not for the rambling - and potentially defamatory - blog post appearing on the site.

Are you guys with the well-muscled incumbent (Internet Brands - vBulletin) or in the corner of the underdogs (XenForo)?

While I agree with the statement, do you really believe that XenForo would release their public beta if such a statement were true? And Beta 2 is rumored to be out this next week.

To be honest, it sounds more like a scare tactic on IB/VB’s side and the XenForo team didn’t flinch.

A looks more of a disruptive strategy than anything else, but then it depends on what was in the contract of the three former employees

i am with the rule of law

if those guys stole intellectual property, they must pay!!

It’s not the first time IB have caused a rumpus, remember soon after they took over Jelsoft they caused some controversy with their restructred licencing model which caused a mass exodus of customers.

XF has a totally different codebase to vB, and it sound slike sour grapes by IB losing their best developers.

Has there been any news on this?