US judge dismisses email invention claim - 2017-09-07

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F146.png US judge dismisses email invention claim September 7, 2017, BBC News

Technology history suggests that modern email programs have a lot of influences, but much of the work was done prior to 1978 by many different developers.

Ray Tomlinson is widely acknowledged as the programmer who, in the early 1970s, first used the "@" symbol as a way to describe a particular user on a particular network.

Mr Ayyadurai said Tech Dirt had libelled him, inflicted emotional distress and harmed his ability to make money from his accomplishment. He sought $15m (£11.5m) in damages.

The judge disagreed and said in his ruling that because the history of email was in doubt, questioning Mr Ayyadurai's claim to be its inventor was not libellous.

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{{cite news | title = US judge dismisses email invention claim | url = https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-41188004 | work = BBC News | date = September 7, 2017 | accessdate = April 7, 2020 }}