The supposed inventor of email has sued a blogger website that doesn't believe he invented it.
Techdirt, an irreverent blogsite about changes in government policy, technology, and legal issues, reported in a series of stories that Shiva Ayyadurai falsely claims to have invented email. Ayyarduri, who copyrighted "Email" and trademarked "The Inventor of Email," has sued Techdirt for defamation.
In a $15 million complaint filed in federal court, the plaintiff alleges that Techdirt and its founder Michael D. Masnick have damaged his reputation by publishing false stories saying Ayyarduri was a liar and a fake "who's basically staked his entire life on the misleading to false claim that he 'invented' email." They defend that they have a First Amendment right to express their opinions.