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Judges say online journalists should be protected by the same laws as traditional journalists

According to reports, Apple this week decided to drop its legal battle with several online websites that leaked information about unreleased Apple products. Despite a long drawn out battle, Apple decided not to appeal a ruling by a panel of three judges that rejected Apple's arguments that the writers for the online websites were not "true journalists."

Apple went after AppleInsider, and after information was released about a FireWire product codenamed Asteroid for its music application GarageBand. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) ended up supporting the three websites and said that Apple's actions undermined the rights of journalists and threatened the safety of those who leak information to journalists. Judge Franklin Elia was quoted saying that Apple tried to "trump the First Amendment."

In May, a court ruling denied Apple rights to have the identities of those who leaked information be revealed. The case was originally filed in a Santa Clara County court but judges wondered why Apple had not performed any investigation internally. The judges felt that Apple had not exercised enough internal investigation to justify going outside of the company. "Apple has failed to establish that it adequately pursued other possible means to identify the source of the information in question," said the judges.

EFF attorney Kurt Opsahl said that "[Apple] just can't take a shortcut through a journalist" to identify the source of information. Although Apple did not submit an appeal -- and the deadline to do so has passed -- court documents showed that Apple's own internal investigators interviewed 29 employees. No details were released on the results of the investigation.

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RE: Your assessment is hollow
By DallasTexas on 7/13/2006 11:35:32 AM , Rating: 2
Oh goodie. Now we are arguing which is the best format for separating a quote from a response.

Good grief. The problem with forums is you don't know if you're debating a 10 year old or not. It's a best guess system.

RE: Your assessment is hollow
By segagenesis on 7/13/2006 12:31:31 PM , Rating: 2
Oh goodie. Now we are arguing which is the best format for separating a quote from a response.

Yeah because you forgot about the button labelled "Quote". Last I checked it did not read "bold" and says "Quote". I mentioned it because it was amusing that you are the only person on DailyTech I've ever seen use all bold in his post and it reminded me of reading comments on Fark where people use huge letters and all bold to try and get attention when they know they are losing an argument.

Sorry Bu I would ahve to side with apple here even if the judes don't. I'm all for free- of speech but I think people need to be accountable for what they say and print.

You are not all for freedom of speech then. By your judgement sites like this who give a bad rating on reviewed hardware could then be sued by hardware manufacturers even if the product really was bad. Brilliant idea there, make sure you dont accidentally set the rest of the Bill of Rights on fire while your at it.

I can at this piont print anything i want about any one and say a source told me and I'm protected. it Might be legal but I think its crap. I think all jorunalist should have to produce proof of what they print or if the the information is clearer a link, then be responisble for the damages it causes. I know this will never be the case, but Free Speech should not the freedom print anything.

Mark Felt and the Washington Post are screaming at you right now. Like what I said above you either can have your cake and eat it too, or have none at all. You might think its "crap" or "should be illegal" but you apparently have no idea what freedom of the press has done for us in the past... I hear there is DeLorean heading back to the Soviet Union circa 1971, you might want to hope a ride.

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