motorhaven - 5:47 pm on Oct 6, 2010 (gmt 0)
It doesn't have half the screen elements, a two column layout rather than a 3 column, a tabbed interface instead of drop-down buttons, admin panel which is utterly different, most functions pull up in special pop up windows, etc. I don't see how one can say they look the same, they are no more the same in look than phpBB and VBulletin... in that some parts of all forum software share a common look, just like all spread sheet programs.
Some things, Brett, you are stating as fact, when its not. Its not a certainty IB has a copy of the code - that's speculation. Its not "no question who defrauded here" without knowing the contract details, the jurisdiction, whether the code was written from scratch, etc. The courts will determine that.
IB's non-competes... I didn't get one from them and know at least one other who didn't (didn't ask any other site owners). IB's contract language tends to state its based on California law, and generally non-competes are illegal in California.
If the code was written from scratch, I don't see how IB's case will hold up.