Donald Trump Learns Why It's Important Not To 'Open Up' Libel Laws, As Suit Against Him Is Tossed

from the good-ruling dept

Donald Trump famously said during the campaign that, if elected, he would "open up" our libel laws. Of course, after he was elected, in an interview with the NY Times, he walked back some of that promise, noting that someone had pointed out such laws might be used against him too:
MARK THOMPSON: Thank you, and it’s a really short one, but after all the talk about libel and libel laws, are you committed to the First Amendment to the Constitution?

TRUMP: Oh, I was hoping he wasn’t going to say that. I think you’ll be happy. I think you’ll be happy. Actually, somebody said to me on that, they said, ‘You know, it’s a great idea, softening up those laws, but you may get sued a lot more.’ I said, ‘You know, you’re right, I never thought about that.’ I said, ‘You know, I have to start thinking about that.’ So, I, I think you’ll be O.K. I think you’re going to be fine.
And now he's had some more time to think about that, and hopefully he's pretty happy with how carefully our libel laws are designed to protect free speech, because they just protected Donald Trump himself from a questionable defamation lawsuit. The lawsuit was filed by Cheryl Jacobus about some tweets from the now-President elect. As summarized by Eriq Gardner over at The Hollywood Reporter:
Jacobus sued Trump and his former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski over comments made in the midst of a heated Republican primary. Seeking $4 million in damages, she alleged in her complaint that the Trump campaign tried to recruit her in May 2015, even attempting to entice her with the prospect of a post-campaign job at Fox News. She says Lewandowski told her that Trump was very close to Roger Ailes. She further claimed of coming to the judgment that working for Trump was untenable because Lewandowski was a "powder keg."

In January 2016, she appeared on CNN to discuss Trump's decision to skip a primary debate on Fox News and opined that Trump was "using the Megyn Kelly manufactured kerfuffle as an excuse." A few days later, she returned to Don Lemon's show and was dubious about Trump's claims of self-funding his campaign.

This may have set Trump off. In one tweet, he wrote how he "turned her down twice and she went hostile. Major loser, zero credibility."
Trump filed for a motion to dismiss, and argued that his statements were purely opinion -- and the judge in her ruling agreed to dismiss the case, pointing, in particular, to the nature of debate and rhetoric on Twitter. As the ruling properly notes, "context is key."
As context is key..., defamatory statements advanced during the course of a heated public debate, during which an audience would reasonably anticipate the use of "epithets, fiery rhetoric or hyperbole," are not actionable.
Later in the ruling, the judge pointed out that a bunch of angry tweets are quite different than, say, an investigative article in the NY Times.
In addition, "[t]he culture of Internet communications, as distinct from that of print media, such as newspapers and magazines, has been characterized as encouraging a 'freewheeling, anything-goes writing style.'".... ["Internet forums are venues where citizens may participate and be heard in free debate involving civic concerns."]). Thus, "epithets, fiery rhetoric or hyperbole" advanced on social media have been held to warrant an understanding that the statements contained therein are "vigorous expressions of personal opinion" "rather than the rigorous and comprehensive presentation of factual matter." .... [reasonable reader would believe that statements made on an Internet blog during sharply contested election generally referencing "downright criminal actions" were opinion, "not factual accusation of criminal conduct"]).

Consequently, "New York courts have consistently protected statements made in online forums as statements of opinion rather than fact."....

Similarly, comments made on television talk shows, given the "give and take" of the show, and the "spirited" verbal exchanges between the host and guest, and the "at times heated" "interplay with audience members," are deemed nonactionable opinion.
And what that leads to is Trump's statements simply aren't defamation -- because our defamation laws are designed to (1) protect freedom of expression and (2) take context into account:
Trump's characterization of plaintiff as having "begged" for a job is reasonably viewed as a loose, figurative, and hyperbolic reference to plaintiff's a state of mind and is therefore, not susceptible of objective verification.... To the extent that the word "begged" can be proven to be a false representation of plaintiff's interest in the position, the defensive tone of the tweet, having followed plaintiff's negative commentary about Trump, signals to readers that plaintiff and Trump were engaged in a petty quarrel. Lewandowski's comments, overall, are speculative and vague, and defendants' implication that plaintiff was retaliating against them for turning her down, notwithstanding the unmistakable reference to her professional integrity, is clearly a matter of speculation and opinion.

Moreover, the immediate context of defendants' statements is the familiar back and forth between a political commentator and the subject of her criticism, and the larger context is the Republican presidential primary and Trump's regular use of Twitter to circulate his positions and skewer his opponents and others who criticize him, including journalists and media organizations whose coverage he finds objectionable.... His tweets about his critics, necessarily restricted to 140 characters or less, are rife with vague and simplistic insults such as "loser" or "total loser" or "totally biased loser," "dummy" or "dope" or "dumb," "zero/no credibility," "crazy" or "wacko," and "disaster," all deflecting serious consideration....
Got that? The very nature of our libel laws are designed to enable and encourage public discourse and debate -- even recognizing that it sometimes gets heated and involves insults -- and Twitter, blogs and social media are some of the best representations of that. This is why Trump should be quite happy that our libel laws are as they stand today, and that there's a strong First Amendment bar that has to be cleared to bring a defamation lawsuit against someone, like Donald Trump, who engages in name calling and verbal attacks on someone he disagrees with. This is exactly what the First Amendment is about:
... with the spirit of the First Amendment, and considering the statements as a whole (imprecise and hperbolic political dispute cum schoolyard squabble), I find that it is fairly concluded that a reasonable reader would recognize defendants' statements as opinion, even if some of the statements, viewed in isolation could be found to convey facts. Moreover, that others may infer a defamatory meaning from the statements does not render the inference reasonable under these circumstances.
And that, right there, is why we have strong defamation laws. Even if you dislike Trump and what he stands for (and if you dislike his petty squabbles on Twitter), you should celebrate this ruling for a variety of reasons: it upholds the First Amendment and supports free expression online and it helps demonstrate to Trump himself how important the protections built into our defamation laws today can be.

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  1. icon
    Roger Strong (profile), 11 Jan 2017 @ 8:38am

    I fully expect Trump's first State of the Union address to be delivered via a monitor on a stand mirroring his Twitter feed.

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    Vidiot (profile), 11 Jan 2017 @ 8:38am

    Ask about the First Amendment, and somehow, the answer is only about him. Anyone surprised?

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    PaulT (profile), 11 Jan 2017 @ 8:40am

    "Donald Trump Learns"

    I somehow doubt it, and he definitely wouldn't admit it if he did.

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    Anonymous Coward, 11 Jan 2017 @ 8:56am

    I bet you have been brushing up on libel law, especially in Massachusetts. Cat got your tongue, Mike? You haven't recently told us how much smarter you are than Shiva. Some might forget what an intellectual powerhouse you are. Better remind us!

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    Gwiz (profile), 11 Jan 2017 @ 9:12am

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    Cat got your tongue, Mike? You haven't recently told us how much smarter you are than Shiva.

     

    Where did Mike say anything like that at all? All I saw was Ayyadurai's claims being rebutted with the truth.

    You do realize that the truth is an absolute defense against defamation, don't you?

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    Roger Strong (profile), 11 Jan 2017 @ 9:17am

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    Oh, is being targeted by barratry for documenting the facts supposed to indicate a lack of intelligence now?

    Taking shots are someone - who has undoubtedly been advised by his lawyer to not comment on the matter and thus can't shoot back - certainly indicates that your name is well-earned.

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    Anonymous Coward, 11 Jan 2017 @ 9:21am

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    The dozen-plus posts where Mike attacks Shiva personally all convey the message that Mike thinks he's much smarter. This is his m.o. generally. It's one thing to disagree and state reasons for the disagreement. But Mike, of course, had to make things personal.

    So is it true that Shiva actually lied, as Mike claims? I don't see how. He just did what Mike loves to do: Narrowly define something and then make claims that others don't find reasonable or persuasive. Those two are meant for each other!

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    Anonymous Coward, 11 Jan 2017 @ 9:24am

    Mike, if you think Trump learned anything from this, urine for a big surprise.

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    Baron von Robber, 11 Jan 2017 @ 9:25am

    Hehehe, "Donald Trump learns.." That is funny. :)

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    Anonymous Coward, 11 Jan 2017 @ 9:32am

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    First Amendment, First Person. One and the same.

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    Anonymous Coward, 11 Jan 2017 @ 9:36am

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    Barratry? Are you seriously suggesting that Shiva bringing the suit is itself a criminal act? Wow.

    I don't believe Mike ever been too scared to argue that someone is wrong. Funny that he's starting now.

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    Roger Strong (profile), 11 Jan 2017 @ 9:41am

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    ...all convey the message that Mike thinks he's much smarter.

    Example?

    So is it true that Shiva actually lied, as Mike claims? I don't see how.

    Well, other than the milestones in the invention and use of email - before Ayyadurai came along - being exceptionally well documented, with Mike providing plenty of citations.

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    Gwiz (profile), 11 Jan 2017 @ 9:43am

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    The dozen-plus posts where Mike attacks Shiva personally  

    Once again, can you point to an example of Mike attacking Ayyadurai personally? Mike has countered Ayyadurai's claims, but I didn't see any personal attacks in what I read.

     

    So is it true that Shiva actually lied, as Mike claims?

    I don't recall Mike actually claiming Ayyadurai lied, per se, but that he has exaggerated his claims that a copyright on a particular piece of software equates to inventing a entire concept like email. Especially when it's pointed out that most of email's features were implemented and standardized prior to Ayyadurai's copyright.

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    Anonymous Coward, 11 Jan 2017 @ 9:44am

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    Shiva doesn't deny the things that came before, like the RFCs or Tomlinson's work. He just says that those things weren't email as he defines the term. How is that lying?

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    Roger Strong (profile), 11 Jan 2017 @ 9:50am

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    Barratry (common law), litigation for the purpose of harassment or profit. Legal action which is brought, regardless of its merits, solely to harass or subdue an adversary.

    That sounds spot on. Or are you thinking of "misconduct by crew of a ship resulting in its damage?"

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    Anonymous Coward, 11 Jan 2017 @ 9:51am

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    If you don't remember Mike saying Shiva lied, you should read the complaint and go back over Mike's posts. He said it repeatedly. That's where he got personal, and that's where he might have crossed the line.

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    Anonymous Coward, 11 Jan 2017 @ 9:55am

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    Barratry is a term of art, and I don't see how it applies here. Mike mercilessly attacked Shiva, calling him a liar over and over. The lawsuit seems reasonable to me. Even so, I'm not sure that barratry is even still a crime, and if it comes from the common law, I would think it would need to be codified to pass due process muster.

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    Thad, 11 Jan 2017 @ 9:56am

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    Quiet, Mr. Ayyadurai.

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    Roger Strong (profile), 11 Jan 2017 @ 9:59am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    All those email systems that came before were in fact email. "How he defines the term" might have had some credibility had he brought anything new to the table, some new feature that's now in common use. He did not.

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    Anonymous Coward, 11 Jan 2017 @ 10:00am

    i never thought about that

    jesus christ. ojt president.

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    Roger Strong (profile), 11 Jan 2017 @ 10:05am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Mike DOCUMENTED that Ayyadurai's claim was a lie over and over. With impeccable citations.

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    Anonymous Coward, 11 Jan 2017 @ 10:07am

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    If Shiva claims, for example, that email must be asynchronous, and thus some other prior systems weren't email because they weren't asynchronous, that's not a lie. You can quibble about whether that particular feature is necessary for a system to be email, sure, but neither side of that argument is lying. It's just a disagreement. Mike turned a disagreement about terminology into a claim that Shiva intentionally lied. That's where he might have trouble with this case. And, honestly, Mike's silence only tells me he's worried about it.

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    Anonymous Coward, 11 Jan 2017 @ 10:08am

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    I have worked in the tech field for 20 years. Never heard of Shiva Ayyadurai till Techdirt. Went back and did my own research to confirm I wasn't confused on facts. What I have found is that he was smart and did program a good method of communication before it was common place. So assuming he never heard of previous programs back then, "hard to believe since he knew how to program", at most he re-invented email which was impressive. But trying to take the accomplishments of several other previous programmers is disgraceful. It is a sleazy tactic to try to get his name in with the other big names. He doesn't deserve it and should be called out on it. Defending him is almost like trying to defend con artist or identity thief.

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    Roger Strong (profile), 11 Jan 2017 @ 10:10am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Ayyadurai personally claims to have personally invented email. How do you counter such a lie without mentioning a) that it's a lie, and b) the person telling it, and c) the person it's about?

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    Anonymous Coward, 11 Jan 2017 @ 10:15am

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    My take is that Mike only showed that if you define email more broadly than Shiva does, Shiva was not the first to invent email. He did not show that under Shiva's own narrow definition of email that Shiva was not the first to invent it. And since Shiva has explained what his narrow definition is in great detail, I don't see how Shiva lied.

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    DannyB (profile), 11 Jan 2017 @ 10:18am

    Re:

    If a computer game can trick children into learning, could such a deception be the basis of a lawsuit?

    If this were to happen to a child who held the office of POTUS, could the lawsuit also ask to be made whole for damages ensuing from such learning?

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    Anonymous Coward, 11 Jan 2017 @ 10:18am

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    I don't think there's any evidence that Shiva had access to the RFCs or work that was being done elsewhere. He took a few programming classes and then wrote his EMAIL program. It strikes me as a case of independent invention. And it seems clear that the email we know today didn't come from Shiva's work. That said, I don't see how he's lied. Some of his positions strike me as unreasonable, as do *many* of Mike's, but I don't think he's lying.

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    Gwiz (profile), 11 Jan 2017 @ 10:20am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    If you don't remember Mike saying Shiva lied, you should read the complaint and go back over Mike's posts.

     

    I just did, and you are correct, Mike did point out some of Ayyadurai's falsehoods directly. I'm still not sure how you equate that to a personal attack though. It's attacking the falsehoods, not the person.

    If you want see a real good dismantling of Ayyadurai's claims, you should read this: Did V.A. Shiva Ayyadurai Invent Email?

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    DannyB (profile), 11 Jan 2017 @ 10:21am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    > Mike's silence only tells me he's worried about it.

    Mike's silence tells me that he (a) has a good lawyer, and (b) is mature enough to have impulse control, which you appear to lack.

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    crade (profile), 11 Jan 2017 @ 10:22am

    Sure context matters, but the context is your purpose and target audience and has very little to do with medium. The president elect using social media to communicate his positions with the public is a slightly different context from some kid gossiping with their friends.

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    Roger Strong (profile), 11 Jan 2017 @ 10:25am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Email - including systems before Ayyadurai came along - is pretty much asynchronous by definition. It goes into a mail box and you can retrieve it later.

    If it were *synchronous* it would be "instant messaging." Synchronous means real-time communication, like instant messaging, IP telephony or streaming video.

    Nice try though.

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    DannyB (profile), 11 Jan 2017 @ 10:27am

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    One could replace 'lie' with softer words "untruth", "misspoke", "incorrect", etc. Some words could suggest unknowingly stating something that is untrue. However, when someone has a stubborn insistence of repeating something untrue in the face of facts, it morphs into willful deception.

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    Anonymous Coward, 11 Jan 2017 @ 10:31am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    It was just one example. Many say Tomlinson's synchronous transmission was the first email. Shiva disagrees because it was not asynchronous. He says that transmission was electronic messaging and not email. I don't think it's unreasonable to disagree based on that criteria.

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    DannyB (profile), 11 Jan 2017 @ 10:35am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    > It strikes me as a case of independent invention.
    >
    > it seems clear that the email we know today didn't
    > come from Shiva's work
    >
    > I don't see how he's lied.


    An initial misstatement may not be a lie. Continued repeating of untrue information, in the face of facts to the contrary, with a purpose to gain fame and/or fortune, becomes a willful lie.

    Example

    When I first said the earth is flat, it was not a lie, because I was misinformed.

    Now that I have all the facts, I will continue to assert that the earth is flat. Am I telling a lie? Oh, and I can be hired to assist anyone promoting the flat earth view.

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    Roger Strong (profile), 11 Jan 2017 @ 10:37am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    If someone built their own car in 1940 and was the first to include a record player in the glove compartment, that doesn't justify claiming to have invented the automobile based on your "narrow definition" mandating the record player.

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    Anonymous Coward, 11 Jan 2017 @ 10:44am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    "Shiva has explained what his narrow definition is in great detail, I don't see how Shiva lied."

    So he "narrows" the definition until it fits his narrative?

    That's a very unique way of calling something a lie.

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    Anonymous Coward, 11 Jan 2017 @ 10:46am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    " I can be hired to assist anyone promoting the flat earth view."

    Do you provide pictures like these guys? If so, I may consider switching vendors.


    https://flatearthscienceandbible.wordpress.com/2016/02/08/top-ten-undeniable-flat-earth-proo fs/

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    Roger Strong (profile), 11 Jan 2017 @ 10:52am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    If Tomlinson's transmission was synchronous - and I wouldn't count on that - your claim is still wrong. Asynchronous email still long predates Ayyadurai's system.

    Read RFC 524, RFC 561, RFC680, RFC 724, and RFC 733. All standardizing email sent via email servers, that is, asynchronously. All pre-dating Ayyadurai's system.

    Saying "It's just one example" is telling, when it's the only example you can come up with and it's a totally invalid example.

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    Anonymous Coward, 11 Jan 2017 @ 10:57am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Wow. I feel like I lost some IQ points reading that site. Just grab a Go Pro and stick it to a weather balloon.

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    Anonymous Coward, 11 Jan 2017 @ 11:23am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    You can read Tomlinson's own account. It was two computers side by side in the same room sending and receiving at the same time. https://openmap.bbn.com/~tomlinso/ray/firstemailframe.html

    Whether that's the true first email or not is a matter of opinion, not fact.

    I'm aware of the RFCs, as is Shiva. An RFC is a request for comments, and it doesn't necessarily represent a system that was actually built and used. Again, though, the point is that the first email system depends on one's definition. Did it have to be reduced to practice? Did it have to have features a, b, or c? There are no correct answers here. It's a matter of opinion, not fact.

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    Ninja (profile), 11 Jan 2017 @ 11:27am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Let me quote a part of the following article:

    https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20140901/07280928386/huffpo-publishes-bizarre-misleading-f actually-incorrect-multi-part-series-pretending-guy-invented-email-even-though-he-didnt.shtml

    "(it is entirely believable that Ayyadurai, as a bright kid, independently came up with the same ideas, but he was hardly the first)"

    I don't see how someone would call the man bright if he took it personally. I believe YOU are taking it personally. At least you are providing good entertainment ;-)

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    Ninja (profile), 11 Jan 2017 @ 11:30am

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    He lies. He corrected tons of news outfits when they said the inventor of Email had died when Tomlinson passed away. Heck, even Tomlinson rejected the idea as he knew his role was just another piece in a big collaborative work. The worst part is that this is widely documented and he keeps saying he invented e-mail. This is lying.

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    Anonymous Coward, 11 Jan 2017 @ 11:36am

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    I wonder if you're one of the Does named in the suit. Maybe so. (This is going to be such fun!)

    Tomlinson himself claims to be one of the firsts: "Did you send the first network email? As far as I know, yes." https://openmap.bbn.com/~tomlinso/ray/firstemailframe.html

    Maybe I think Samuel Morse sent the first network email. Am I lying? No. Is Tomlinson lying? No. We just have a different definition.

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    Kal Zekdor (profile), 11 Jan 2017 @ 11:42am

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    I know you're being facetious, but, no, I'm not surprised. Trump only cares about Trump. He's all for redefining libel when it enables him to sue news outlets, but he once he realized that he can be sued for some of his behavior under the new libel definition, he put the brakes on immediately.

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    Roger Strong (profile), 11 Jan 2017 @ 11:52am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Having two computers side-by-side for a demonstration does not prove your claim.

    The article states that SNDMSG and CPYNET protocols predated the demonstration and used a mailbox. In other words it was asynchronous communication. (As opposed to instant messaging, synchronous communication.)

    The demonstration added networking. Instead of the users being on one computer, they were on multiple computers connected through ARPANET. But still communicating asynchronously through a mailbox.

    Your example disproves your claim. But even if it didn't you'd still be wrong. The RFC's I listed show that. Your example then be the equivalent of claiming "The car I invented in 1940 was the first, because the Model T doesn't meet my personal definition mandating modern gas and brake pedals." Ignoring all the models between the Model T and 1940 that *DID* have gas and brake pedals.

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    Roger Strong (profile), 11 Jan 2017 @ 11:59am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Previous email systems tended to be between users on one computer. Tomlinson's system sent it between users on different computers via ARPANET.

    If you know of an earlier example, let us know. Just like everyone is pointing out earlier examples of what Ayyadurai falsely claims to have invented. Unlike Ayyadurai, we won't sue.

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    I.T. Guy, 11 Jan 2017 @ 12:00pm

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    "As he defines the term."
    LOL! K Brah. Move along.

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    I.T. Guy, 11 Jan 2017 @ 12:03pm

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    Potato Poetahtoe.
    Then just call it beint intellectually dishonest if it makes ya feel better little fellah.

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    Gwiz (profile), 11 Jan 2017 @ 12:23pm

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    It's a matter of opinion, not fact.

     

    Don't know about anyone else, but I'm going to side with the opinions and definitions of actual internet pioneers and respected computer historians, as opposed to someone with delusions of grandeur who is just looking for a bit of fame or some anonymous commentator on a website.

    It's the same with word definitions, I tend to go with the definitions that are universally accepted so everyone else understands what I am saying, as opposed making up my own definitions in order to win an argument.

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    Lawrence D’Oliveiro, 11 Jan 2017 @ 12:27pm

    T Minus 9 Days ...

    ...and counting...

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    Anonymous Coward, 11 Jan 2017 @ 3:01pm

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    Jesus, you're projecting like your last name is PowerPoint. Please show us on the doll where Mike made fun of you.

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    Anonymous Coward, 11 Jan 2017 @ 3:09pm

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    Nobody but you cares about Shivas personal definition of anything. My personal definition of duplicitous twat is you.

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    DebbyS (profile), 11 Jan 2017 @ 3:40pm

    Re: delivered via a monitor

    trump's biggest fans are so proud that (according to them) he doesn't use a teleprompter. That may be why he says silly (or worse) things so frequently. Maybe he needs an on-all editor

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    Anonymous Coward, 11 Jan 2017 @ 3:41pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Barratry is a term of art, and I don't see how it applies here. Shiva mercilessly attacked Mike, filing baseless claimes over and over. The counter-suit to recover costs seems reasonable to me. Even so, I'm not sure that beastiality is even still a crime, and if it comes from the common law, I would think it would need to be codified to pass due process muster...

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    Media lawyer, 11 Jan 2017 @ 5:04pm

    incorrect analysis

    Sorry, but this ruling doesn't impact Trump's plans. Trump wants to eliminate the "actual malice" requirement public figures like himself need to prove to win a libel lawsuit against the press. The requirement that the statement must also be a provably false fact of statement would remain intact. Opinions, even mean ones, would remain protected. So, Trump's libel proposal can perfectly co-exist with this court ruling. Nice try, though.

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  56. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 11 Jan 2017 @ 5:27pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    "Barratry is a term of art, and I don't see how it applies here."

    I'm guessing that you are not a lawyer.

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    Anonymous Coward, 11 Jan 2017 @ 5:30pm

    Enlighten me, how does "actual malice" differ from malice?
    Is this sorta like "legitimate rape"?

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    PaulT (profile), 12 Jan 2017 @ 12:20am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    "He just says that those things weren't email as he defines the term."

    Who cares how he personally chooses to define the term? He's not telling the truth the way it's actually defined, and that's what Mike was addressing - and all that really matters.

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    PaulT (profile), 12 Jan 2017 @ 12:26am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    "That's where he got personal, and that's where he might have crossed the line."

    Unless he was telling the truth about Shiva knowingly misrepresenting information to get credit for something he didn't do. In which case, that's the textbook definition of a lie, and while it may sting for the liar to be called out for lying, it's not wrong.

    I've noticed nobody's trying to prove he didn't lie, you're all just whining about Mike being mean because he called a liar a liar. No defence has come where you're saying "well, we can see here that according to these facts they guy did invent email". You're all just saying "he's mean because he addressed Shiva's lies!".

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  60. identicon
    LoveTD, 12 Jan 2017 @ 12:26am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    .-. ..-. -.-. .- -. -.. ..-. - ... -····- ----- ----- .---- -.-- . ... .. -.-. .- -. . -- .- .. .-.. .-- .. - .... --- ..- - - .... .- - -.. .. -.-. -.- .-- . . -.. ... . -- .- .. .-..

    enjoy!

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  61. identicon
    LoveTD, 12 Jan 2017 @ 12:36am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    I don't care if shiva's lying or not, he's FACTUALLY WRONG ABOUT THE TERM PERIOD.

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    Ninja (profile), 12 Jan 2017 @ 4:07am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    "I wonder if you're one of the Does named in the suit. Maybe so. (This is going to be such fun!)"

    Nah, I read the whole thing and the Does are people related to Techdirt and Floor64. There aren't any readers mentioned. Still, I wouldn't be worried even if I was one of de Does. Easy win for Mike. And there's the jurisdiction issue. They'd have to bring it many thousand miles away and it would be even easier to toss the lawsuit here AND counter sue for damages.

    "Maybe I think Samuel Morse sent the first network email. Am I lying? No. Is Tomlinson lying? No. We just have a different definition."

    E-mail as it is today? If you think it was Morse you were entitled to do so and you would be wrong but to affirm you are right and then sue others who prove you wrong for defamation? Well, lies. And while Tomlinson may have sent the first e-mail with the configurations we use nowadays he is considered the inventor mainly because he gave the final contributions and kickstarted them. And newsflash: there's consensus over the tech community he was a key player in the whole process of inventing e-mail. Mr Shiva? Not so much. I have yet to see people using his invention.

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  63. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 12 Jan 2017 @ 5:06am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    In my definition of email, I own the entire world and all you suckerz owe me a living. On your knees servants.

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  64. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 12 Jan 2017 @ 7:20am

    I don't remember columnist on this site constantly saying that "Even if you dislike President Obama and what he stands for" in every article on him. There are many people who have policy disagreements with every president. Is that what you are talking about? Or is Trump somehow a special case, because you do not agree with some of his policies.

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  65. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 12 Jan 2017 @ 3:05pm

    Of course, the judges decision was based entirely on the rule of law and was not influenced at all by the fact that T.Rump is POTUS, and we all know that everyone else in America would receive the exact same treatment as did the T. Rump, were they in the same situation. /s

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