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…

Hassell v Bird Webinar Today

The California Bar IP Section is hosting a webinar today at noon Pacific Time on the case of Hassell v Bird which is currently pending before the California Supreme Court.   We have posted the briefing on the case here. I will be moderating today’s webinar at Noon Pacific Time featuring my colleagues Karl Kronenberger of…

Texas Court Orders Glassdoor to Reveal Employee Poster

Texas Court Orders Glassdoor to Reveal Employee Poster Employer review site Glassdoor has become a frontline in the battle over anonymous speech and employers seeking recovery for defamatory statements online.  Glassdoor has demonstrated this is something it will fight for. Andra Group LP In March, a Texas appellate court allowed a subpoena seeking to unmask…

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…