I dislike when anyone tries to decrease freedom of speech, especially on the internet.
Right and wrong has nothing to do with it. It’s the Golden Rule: Whoever has the gold, makes the rules.
Since Australia and New Zealand are in the franchise regulation news lately, here are three August 2001 articles from Jon Stephenson of The Independent that illustrate how little distinction some franchisors make between fundamental human rights freedoms and their ability to control their message.
- Franchisor v Franchisee in Worldsites’: ‘McDonald’s of the internet’ wrangle, pdf, WikiFranchise
- Free speech on internet an issue in franchisor v franchisee case, doc, WikiFranchise
- Partial victory for internet franchisees. doc, WikiFranchise
You may note that it was only after the original court decision was reversed that the 13 Wordsites International franchisees regained their ability to defend themselves.
I have seen the names Worldsites International Network and WSI applied to the same Canadian-based system. Based on their membership information at the Canadian Franchise Association, WSI has been a CFA member since 2007, has over 1,500 franchises and has been franchising since 1996. I recall that Dan Monaghan and Nigel Mayne co-founded WSI.
WSI and Mr. Monaghan are involved with Make Child Poverty History.
- Constitutional rights can be taken away and you have to fight to have them restored. Better have US$20,000 buried in the back yard if you want to live to fight another day.
BTW, whenever you see the following it should be a very red flag for you:
- this franchise is the next “McDonald’s of dog poop business” for example, and
- franchisor registered in Bahamas with disputes heard in Delaware, U.S.A.
I wonder what happened to the unlucky 13?
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