Judge dismisses libel lawsuit against Techdirt
A judge has dismissed a libel lawsuit against tech news site Techdirt, which had been sued by a man claiming he invented email.
Cyrus Farivar of Ars Technica writes, “The claim was brought by Shiva Ayyadurai, who has controversially claimed that he invented e-mail in the late 1970s. Techdirt (and its founder and CEO, Mike Masnick) has been a longtime critic of Ayyadurai and institutions that have bought into his claims. ‘How The Guy Who Didn’t Invent Email Got Memorialized In The Press & The Smithsonian As The Inventor Of Email,’ reads one Techdirt headline from 2012.
“In the Wednesday ruling, US District Judge F. Dennis Saylor found that because it is impossible to define precisely and specifically what e-mail is, Ayyadurai’s ‘claim is incapable of being proved true or false.'”
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