Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Lawsuit seeks to destroy Techdirt
Mike Masnick isn't just a Robert Anton Wilson fan. He also runs the Techdirt website, which has been a big resource for digital civil liberties in the Obama administration and also will be a big resource in the Trump administration — if he can stay in operation.
A self-proclaimed "inventor of email" has sued Masnick for $15 million. He's represented by the lawyer who sued Gawker and drove it into bankruptcy. At the Volokh Conspiracy, David Post writes, "There’s an enormous amount at stake here, as part of what promises to be a fierce battle over 'opening up,' as Donald Trump referred to it, our libel laws. Defenders of free speech will be sorely tested, and they will have to pick their battles; Masnick’s is an important one, and his posting lists a number of ways you can help him fight it."
Here is Masnick's article about the lawsuit.