Appeals court gives Apple the cold shoulder

Apple is notoriously tight-lipped over its new product releases and prides itself on taking drastic measures to ensure that the public has no clue on its inner workings. Apple's efforts to find the source of a product leak dating all the way back to 2004 were met today with a slammed door to the face. CNET reports:

A lower court had ruled Apple should have access to the records of AppleInsider as it tried to unmask who had revealed information about an unreleased product. On Friday, though, the appeals court ruled that the communications between the product leaker and the enthusiast Web site are protected by federal and state law.

Be it leaks in Washington or leaks in Cupertino, journalists are looking to protect their confidential sources from prosecution. This case bolsters the efforts of online journalist bloggers to have the same rights as traditional reporters in regards to their sources. According to an earlier CNET article, Apple argued that online journalists do not have the same rights as their print brethren:

Its lawyers say in court documents that Web scribes are not "legitimate members of the press" when they reveal details about forthcoming products that the company would prefer to keep confidential.

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