Apple Legal vs Sources/Leaks

O'Grady (of posted some commentary from his perspective of the ongoing lawsuit involving Apple and leaked information on an unreleased Apple product (Asteroid). The lawsuit was filed by Apple in December 2004 against "Does 1-20" and subpoenas the ISPs of the sites (including PowerPage) involved for information about the source of the leaks.

PowerPage is being represented by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and their defense claims that website sources are protected by the same laws that protect sources who leak information to journalists.

A judge initially ruled in March 2005 that information such as this is classified as a "trade secret" is not covered under journalistic protection.

On April 20th, the EFF will have their appeal heard by the California Court of Appeal.

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