posted on Mar, 11 2005 @ 08:35 PM
Judge James P. Kleinberg in a ruling today refused to block Apple Computer's attempt to track down who leaked information to a blogger. The
information was leaked was in regards to secret digital music products. The judge sidestepped the issue of amateur web publishers a.k.a. bloggers and
if they carry the traditional rights as journalists. Kleinberg stated in his opinion that a regular journalist would have had to comply in the event a
crime had been committed as well.
A Santa Clara judge refused Friday to block efforts by Apple Computer Corp. to track down the person who leakedÊinformation about one of its secret
digital music products to online news sites.
The ruling did not, however, settle the issue of whether amateur online publishers, including bloggers, have the same rights as traditional
journalists to protect their confidential sources.
Judge James P. Kleinberg said he did not need to make the determination because he said journalists have no more right than anyone else to block a
subpoena in a trade secrets case.
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Apple seems to be on a major rampage these days. However, I would caution them that the underground is one of the reasons that it is still in
business and has such a strong "cult" like following. Be careful that you do not bite the hand that feeds you or in this case buys your products.