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?