quote: It's all still a matter for the courts, and thus it is about the law. Contracts are legally binding.
quote: The members of the press don't have the absolute right to protect criminals.
quote: An employment contract, everything that goes with it is legally binding. That's the laws that have been trampled by the leakers.
quote: WRT the intentional harm loophole, I think Apple's argument would be that the act of publishing trade secrets for the competition to see and use constitutes harm. Obviously I don't work for Apple, so I couldn't verify that, but I think the trade secret policy at stake here goes beyond fan hype. Just my 2cents as to how this law might actually apply in this case...
quote: Well then I guess we're in agreement that this statute can apply if Apple can prove intent
quote: I completely agree with you. The press has no right to create an illegal protected backchannel to break civil law. Now if someone wants to challange the constitutionality of this law on trade secrets based on some first amendment arguement more power too them. But as the law sits Apple is right...
quote: I am glad that at least one person here has the common sense to read the constitution and it's ammendments before voicing their opinions, kudos Weaselsmasher.
quote: To the other guys here trying to play devils advocate, my god, get a life. Apple has a legitimate issue here and YES a crime is being committed.
quote: I honestly don't know how every press organization gets away with this considering how it is worded but I am no lawyer
quote: Someone should pay the price regardless, and if the press feels compelled to release trade secrets to the public and defend their criminal sources
quote: For those who think that press informants do their "informing" simply because they want to help spread the word of Apples wonderful products.... WAKE UP! Money makes this world go round, more than likely the press is funding individuals who provide such information just like they fund frelance photographers. The press knows they are untouchable so they have no problems forking over the money for information.... its a common practice and is common sense.
quote: Is it illegal for ThinkSecret to publish your credit card number and social security number?