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…

Cal Appeals Court Upholds Yelp Review Removal Order

Yelp Loses Challenge to Removal Order In a major victory for defamation plaintiffs, a Calfornia Court of Appeal has upheld an order requiring Yelp to remove defamatory reviews.  Dawn Hassell and the Hassell Law Group (“Hassell”) obtained a judgment holding defendant Ava Bird liable for defamation and requiring her to remove defamatory reviews she posted about Hassell on Yelp.…

Australian State Supreme Court Grants Individuals the Power to Censor the Internet

Australian State Supreme Court Grants Individuals the Power to Censor the Internet Australian Dr. Janice Duffy, was unhappy with the services of psychics offered by the website Kasamba and expressed her dissatisfaction through posts under various alias on RipOffReport.com (“ROR”).  The psychics responded in kind, with ROR posts accusing Duffy of stalking and harassing psychics. Duffy…

Cyber Report: A Dozen Things You Need to Know (Patriot’s Day Edition)

April 20, 2015 A Dozen Things in Tech You Need to Know  Happy Patriot’s Day! Patriot’s Day commemorates that Battle of Lexington and Concord and the “shot heard ’round the world” that began the American Revolution.  It is a holiday in Maine and Massachachusetts and celebrated by, among other things, the running of the Boston…

RipOffReport Files Civil Rights Action Against Sac County Prosecutor in Desperate Move

RipOffReport Files Civil Rights Action Against Sac County Prosecutor Desperate Move to Prevent Indictment of Founder Ed Magedson RipOffReport.com, the infamous smear site that has been called “mechanized defamation” and compared to “social waterboarding,” has filed a civil rights action against an Iowa county prosecutor in what appears to be a desperate attempt to prevent the indictment…