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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