Wednesday, January 31, 2007
By Steven L. Taylor

Via All Headline News: All Headline News – Landmark Court Ruling Orders Apple To Pay $700,000 For Blogger’s Legal Fees:

In a landmark ruling in favor of bloggers and cyber journalists, a Santa Clara County Court defended the First Amendment rights of online journalists to protect their confidential sources, effectively giving web journalists the same protections afforded to traditional print journalists.

Apple Inc., had issued subpoenas to online tech journalists, including the publisher of and, over reports the company claimed “violated California state trade secret law” which divulged so-called confidential information about not-yet released Apple products. Apple claimed the journalists were not entitled to First Amendment protections similar to those afforded to their print counterparts.

However, a California court disagreed, ruling against Apple and in favor of the defendants…

Most interesting and based on what I know of the case (which is only what I read when it first broke), the right ruling.  I see no reason why a print journalist would have been able to print the story in question while someone publishing electronically would not.

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