Friday, May 26, 2006

Apple Loses Bid to Unmask Bloggers' Sources :The Sixth District Court of Appeals on Friday

~~ This makes me happy.!! ~~ TP

"Apple Loses Bid to Unmask Bloggers' Sources"
by Ryan Singel and Kevin Poulsen
Friday, 26 May 2006

"A California appeals court has smacked down Apple's legal assault on bloggers and their sources, finding that the company's efforts to subpoena e-mail received by the publishers of Apple Insider and runs contrary to federal law, California's reporter's shield law, and the state Constitution.

The Sixth District Court of Appeals on Friday roundly rejected (.pdf) Apple's argument that the bloggers weren't acting as journalists when they posted internal document about future Apple products. 'We decline the implicit invitation to embroil ourselves in questions of what constitutes 'legitimate journalis(m).' The shield law is intended to protect the gathering and dissemination of news, and that is what petitioners did here,' the court wrote.

'Beyond casting aspersions on the legitimacy of petitioners’ enterprise, Apple offers no cogent reason to conclude that they fall outside the shield law’s protection".

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