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Hellkom readies defence against Telkom
[Cape Town | ITWeb, 19 August 2004] - Parody site Hellkom is shoring up its defence for an anticipated Telkom lawsuit by launching a premium rate SMS service, which allows people to send messages of support at a cost of R30 per SMS.

Hellkom owner Gregg Stirton says there have been a number of changes since the site came under Telkom's legal spotlight a week ago. Some of the controversial logos have been removed and the domain name has been transferred to his name.

“Unfortunately, someone has reactivated the site with a link back to Hellkom. However, it was not me and I have nothing to do with it,” he says.

The original letter sent to Stirton by Telkom's lawyers, Adams & Adams, cited Stirton as being the owner of and threatened to take legal action in a “US high court”. The letter also misquoted the various acts and laws under which Telkom planned to sue Stirton.

Ravin Maharaj, Telkom's media liaison specialist, confirms that the company plans to pursue the matter against Stirton despite a letter sent in reply that was critical of Adams & Adams' original letter and which pointed out its flaws.

“The reply was not deemed to have addressed the matter at hand,” he says.

Maharaj, however, says he does not expect any further developments in the case this week.

Stirton says he expects the legal papers to be delivered to his appointed legal representatives, Michalson Attorneys, this week.

He says any money left over from the defence fund will be donated to charity.

<b>My reply to this statement:
<blockquote id="quote"><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica" id="quote">quote:<hr height="1" noshade id="quote">“The reply was not deemed to have addressed the matter at hand,” he says.<hr height="1" noshade id="quote"></blockquote id="quote"></font id="quote">

When MyADSL states that Telkom did not answer the ICASA Complaint, we are ignored. It was clearly laid down by ICASA that Telkom should reply in point format.

Secondly an extract form Gregg Stirtons letter to Telkom's Adams & Adams Letter says this

"In the circumstances, I would greatly appreciate it if you could email me a simple and unambiguous statement of what exactly it is that your client wants and on what sensible legal grounds (if any) it claims to be entitled to it." </b>

<b><hr noshade size="1"></b><font size="2"><font color="red"><b>You can take Telkom out of the Post Office but you can't take the Post Office out of Telkom.</b></font id="red"></font id="size2">