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    OT: A Bite from the Apple

    There is an article in Forbes Magazine about the recent activities of Apple Computer.

    Apple has recently won a court case to force several weblogs to disclose their sources on information they published regarding unannounced Apple products. The company argued that the Web sites were not protected by free speech because they are not legitimate members of the press.

    Apple argued that Web sites and blogs do not have the protection of free speech under the U.S. Constitution First Amendment because they are not "legitimate members of the press." Usually journalists, protected under First Amendment free speech, do not have to disclose their sources. According to Forbes Magazine "the definition of journalism is rapidly changing. 'Traditional' media like print newspapers, broadcast news and weekly magazines years ago began being augmented and in some cases supplanted by "new" media on the Web."

    The court ruling, if it stands, may have a chilling effect on not only blogs, but perhaps online communities as well. The times they are a changing.

    Further erosion of free speech or reasonable protections?

    Gary Garritan

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    Re: OT: A Bite from the Apple

    I was under the impression that free speech was the right of every citizen, and not only of 'members of the press'... how odd.

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    Re: OT: A Bite from the Apple

    Quote Originally Posted by jc5
    I was under the impression that free speech was the right of every citizen, and not only of 'members of the press'... how odd.
    Not really. Slander, among other things is arguably not constitutionally protected.
    Apple could argue that information distributed as being from an “inside source” could be used as a tool for industrial espionage (also not legal). But where we draw the line is a very fragile thing.


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    Re: OT: A Bite from the Apple

    Since when in the past decade did anyone really have free speech? Free speech is for those that can afford it and the lawyers to protect their right to it.

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    Re: OT: A Bite from the Apple

    Apple's legal team has for a long time taken a bully tactic philosophy in order to further Apple's cause (it seems to be working).

    Now lets see how OT I can take this thread.

    Quote Originally Posted by jc5
    I was under the impression that free speech was the right of every citizen
    It was till the citizens (in general) stopped carrying guns (citizens 2nd Amendment right).
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    Re: OT: A Bite from the Apple

    I love Apple, but this is sick, sick, sick.

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    Re: OT: A Bite from the Apple

    Well, apparently not all Apple folks are happy with this:

    http://www.theregister.co.uk/2005/02...stop_bullying/


    ck

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    Re: OT: A Bite from the Apple

    Somehow Apple has been able to portray itself as a leftist hippie company (via slick marketing)... what they're doing here, and especially the comment about free speech not applying to blogs, certainly seems 180 degrees counter to that whole idea.

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    Re: OT: A Bite from the Apple

    They're looking like Microsoft all of a sudden.

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    Re: OT: A Bite from the Apple

    Quote Originally Posted by Joseph Burrell
    They're looking like Microsoft all of a sudden.

    Funny you should say that...
    http://www.forbes.com/technology/per...ml?partner=rss

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