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Owner Floor64, Inc.
Created by Mike Masnick
Alexa rank Negative increase 24,272 (September 2016)[1]
Commercial yes
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Launched 1997
Current status Active

Techdirt is an internet blog that reports on technology's legal challenges and related business and economic policy issues, in context of the digital revolution. It focusses on intellectual property, patent, information privacy and copyright reform in particular.[2]

The blog was originally based on the weblog software Slash. Techblog's content is based on reader submissions as well as the editorial staff's picks. The website makes use of MySQL, Apache, and PHP, and is hosted at ActionWeb.

In 2015 techdirt was mentioned for allowing readers to remove web ads.[3] In 2009, English singer Lily Allen created a blog critical of music piracy where she plagiarized an entire post from Techdirt.Following an exchange with Techdirt, debating hypocrisy in the musician's handling of copyright infringement, Allen shut down her blog.[4]

Shiva Ayyadurai lawsuit[edit]

In 2017, Shiva Ayyadurai filed suit against Techdirt for defamation in response to a series of articles critical of Ayyadurai's claims to have invented email.[5] A federal judge dismissed the defamation claims on September 6, 2017.[6]


  1. ^ " Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 2016-09-29. 
  2. ^ Matt Asay (18 Feb 2013). "John Lennon's lesson for public-domain innovation - IP protection hurting, not helping, US and UK". The Register. Retrieved 2017-01-02. TechDirt highlights research showing that extending copyrights increases prices and limits dissemination of knowledge, while also pointing out that people who believe patents cause innovation are simply confusing correlation with causation. If anything, patents inhibit innovation. 
  3. ^ Why fight it?': One tech publication is letting readers remove ads by Ricardo Bilton on digiday (October 2, 2015)
  4. ^ Chivers, Tom (September 24, 2009). "Lily Allen drops fight against filesharing after Techdirt spat". The Telegraph. Retrieved December 13, 2011. 
  5. ^ Kravets, David (6 January 2017). "Man who says he invented e-mail sues Techdirt for disputing claim". Ars Technica. 
  6. ^ Farivar, Cyrus (6 September 2017). "Techdirt prevails in libel lawsuit over e-mail invention claims". Ars Technica. 

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