Ripoff Report Threatening Retaliation Against Its Critics

Today I received the letter below from David Warrington of LeClair Ryan on behalf of Xcentric Ventures LLC, which operates RipoffReport.com.  According to Warrington, RipoffReport is in the pre-complaint stage of a claim based on alleged anti-competitive busines practices and a conspiracy to damage the business of Xcenetric in its operations of the RipoffReport.com website…

Techdirt Wins Dismissal of Defamation Suit by Claimed Email Inventor

Shiva Ayyadurai, a self-described “world-renowned scientist, inventor, lecturer, philanthropist, and entrepreneur,” claims that he invented email in 1978 when he was 14 years-old.  As explained by Ars Technica: Ayyadurai did write a program called “EMAIL” for use by the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (now a part of Rutgers). He copyrighted the code in…

Techdirt Battles $15M Lawsuit By Person Claiming to Have Invented Email

As stated by Ars Technica, Techdirt’s founder, Mike Masnick, is famous for taking ” no prisoners when it comes to his writings about intellectual property, net neutrality, the law, and everything in between.”  Masnick was especially dismissive of Shiva Ayyadurai’s claim to have invented email as a fourteen-year old in 1978. Dr. Ayyadurai, hired Charles Harder of…

Law Professors Unite Behind Federal Anti-SLAPP Legislation

Eric Goldman, Professor of Law and Co-Director of the High Tech Law Institute at Santa Clara University School, has been joined by 58 law professors in writing to Congress urging enactment a Federal anti-SLAPP law – the SPEAK FREE Act.  Details of the legislation and signing professors are below. Securing Participation, Engagement, and Knowledge Freedom by Reducing Egregious…