[SIGCIS-Members] The new thing: Ayyadurai claims to be suing Techdirt

Hansen Hsu hansnhsu at gmail.com
Wed Jan 4 19:13:56 PST 2017


Let’s hope TechDirt doesn’t settle, and this actually goes to court and a judge throws it out. We need Silicon Valley to help with TechDirt’s legal fees!

> On Jan 4, 2017, at 5:06 PM, Thomas Haigh <thomas.haigh at gmail.com> wrote:
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> The Gawker settlement is old news -- announced some time ago though perhaps the money is only now being paid. Here's the new part of the press release, which doesn’t seem to be reported anywhere yet:
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> New Lawsuit against TechDirt.com <http://techdirt.com/>
> On January 4, 2017, Dr. Ayyadurai filed a new lawsuit against TechDirt.com <http://techdirt.com/> for defaming him in 14 different articles published from September 2014 through November 2016. Dr. Ayyadurai seeks a minimum of $15 million in damages in the new lawsuit.
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> Interesting to see how that works out. TechDirt’s founder, Mike Masnick, has blogged the most in-depth and sustained coverage of the saga: https://www.techdirt.com/blog/?tag=shiva+ayyadurai <https://www.techdirt.com/blog/?tag=shiva+ayyadurai>. 
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> The news reminds me of TechDirt’s choice to headline its recent article reporting the Gawker settlement “Here’s the Truth, Shiva Ayyadurai Didn’t Invent Email.”  https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20161103/11502935958/heres-truth-shiva-ayyadurai-didnt-invent-email.shtml <https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20161103/11502935958/heres-truth-shiva-ayyadurai-didnt-invent-email.shtml> One commentator asked “Why don't you just flat out DARE Ayyadurai to sue you? Because you're coming pretty close.” Looks like he rose to the bait.
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> Another depressing data point suggesting that 2017 is likely to be worse than 2016.
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> Tom
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Members [mailto:members-bounces at lists.sigcis.org <mailto:members-bounces at lists.sigcis.org>] On Behalf Of Evan Koblentz
> Sent: Wednesday, January 04, 2017 5:31 PM
> To: Sigcis <members at sigcis.org <mailto:members at sigcis.org>>
> Subject: [SIGCIS-Members] Shiva/Gawker, also AAAAARRRRRGGGGHHHHHHHH
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> I strongly advise putting on a helmet before reading because you will want to bang your heads against the wall extremely hard. I know I do.
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> http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/gawker-media-pays-dr-shiva-ayyadurai-inventor-of-email-750000-settlement-300385899.html <http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/gawker-media-pays-dr-shiva-ayyadurai-inventor-of-email-750000-settlement-300385899.html>
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> From the press release:
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> Gawker Media has paid Dr. Shiva Ayyadurai a $750,000 settlement payment and later this month will permanently remove its libelous article about him, which denied Dr. Ayyadurai's invention of email.
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> Victory over Gawker Media
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> "This is a historic victory for truth," declared Dr. Ayyadurai. 
> "Americans have no tolerance for fake news, lies or cyberbullying. A 14-year-old kid working in Newark, New Jersey in 1978 invented email. 
> This settlement honors that innovation."
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> There is no reasonable dispute that Dr. Ayyadurai is the inventor of email.
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