Rohit Aggarwal

May 27, 2006

Triumph of Blogs- Threat to companies

Filed under: Blogs,Interesting — Rohit Aggarwal @ 7:38 pm

CNET News article declares that Apple lost the case in which it was trying to find the source of information leak about its unreleased product. According to this article, the court ruled in the favor of the blog site and provided it with the same protection as that enjoyed by journalists.

Interesting passages from the article:

"Apple "probably initiated the litigation to scare employees, to deter further leaking. As of today, that strategy has backfired badly." " 

"California's shield law, like many such laws in other states, was written long before the Internet became popular. It protects anyone currently or previously employed by "a newspaper, magazine or other periodical publication, or by a press association or wire service." (The term "other periodical publication" was added in 1974.) The court said the intent of the legislature was to be generous with that definition–and concluded that "petitioners' Web sites are highly analogous to printed publications" and should enjoy the same legal protections against divulging their sources."

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