“Inventor of email” appeals ruling that tossed his libel suit against Techdirt

Enlarge / A booth in support of Shiva Ayyadurai, who is running against Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), displays an ‘Photoshopped’ image of Warren wearing a Native American headdress inside the Conservative Political Action Conference Hub at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center February 23, 2018 in National Harbor, Maryland. (credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Lawyers […]

Lawyer who sued Gawker and Techdirt has a new target: Jezebel

Enlarge / LAS VEGAS – JUNE 11: Greg Scherick (L) at the CineVegas film festival in 2006. Scherick has sued Gizmodo Media Group, claiming that an article in Jezebel about his project “Superstar Machine” was libelous. (credit: Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for CineVegas) An Oregon life coach, represented by the lawyer who won a […]

Facing libel lawsuit, Techdirt takes large donations to broaden coverage

Techdirt founder Mike Masnick in 2012. (credit: Joel Sage / flickr) In the wake of an ongoing, expensive libel lawsuit that could drag on for years, Mike Masnick, the founder of Techdirt, announced Wednesday that his website would accept more than $ 250,000 in donations “to further reporting on free speech.” In a lengthy post, […]

History by lawsuit: After Gawker’s demise, the “inventor of e-mail” targets Techdirt

Shiva Ayyadurai, seen here in January 2017. (credit: Boston Globe / Getty Images News) History is not fixed; like memory itself, it is an act of reconstruction. Shiva Ayyadurai understands this. Ayyadurai has spent nearly six years publicly proclaiming himself the “inventor of e-mail.” But this claim about e-mail—as everyone but Ayyadurai’s supporters understand the […]

Techdirt lawyers ask judge to throw out suit over “Inventor of E-mail”

Mike Masnick in 2012. (credit: Joel Sage / flickr) Michael Masnick, who founded the popular Techdirt blog, filed a motion (PDF) today asking for a defamation lawsuit against him to be thrown out. Masnick was sued last month by Shiva Ayyadurai, a scientist and entrepreneur who claims to have invented e-mail in 1978 at a medical […]