Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Copyright Owner of email was 14 Years Old

I had no idea that it was a 14 year old boy who received the copyright for email.  In this article by the Washington Post's , on February 17th:

V.A. Shiva Ayyadurai: Inventor of e-mail honored by Smithsonian

As the article later clarified after readers sent Emi email:

Clarification: A number of readers have accurately pointed out that electronic messaging predates V. A. Shiva Ayyadurai’s work in 1978. However, Ayyadurai holds the copyright to the computer program called“email,” establishing him as the creator of the “computer program for [an] electronic mail system” with that name, according to the U.S. Copyright Office.

V.A. Shiva Ayyadurai also has his own website at

Here is a nice graphic that details the history of email.