The lawsuit alleges "widespread infringement and unlawful exploitation" of v Bulletin's source code and "equally damaging misappropriation of trade secrets" developed and owned by v Bulletin with "investments of millions of dollars over the last ten years." The lawsuit further alleges that the developers of Xen Foro Ltd.
"took with them virtually every type of document a competitor would need to enter the market and unlawfully create a competing bulletin board software program." Since the initial release of the v Bulletin forum product in 2000, there have been many changes and improvements.
When this version was released, it had numerous new features over v Bulletin 1, which it replaced.
Kier Darby was brought on during the v Bulletin 2.0 Beta phase to further development.The release of v Bulletin 2 proved to be very successful and is what made v Bulletin popular.In December 2002, v Bulletin 3 was beginning development.However, as time progressed, it proved to be a complete rewrite.
Some of the key advantages over v Bulletin 2 are as follows: v Bulletin 3.6 introduced features such as the multi-quote system, the infractions system, the ability to automatically post threads and announcements from RSS feeds, and podcasting support.Initially, it was designed solely as a rewrite of UBB, in PHP using My SQL, and was meant only for their own forum.