Date: Tuesday, April 12th, 2005, 20:30
A number of mainstream media outlets and two Internet industry trade associations filed Amicus briefs with the California Court of Appeal urging them to protect the sources of independent online journalists. The documents are good for you to read as they show that this case isn’t about me or the PowerPage or even Apple. It’s about the protection of your online rights to privacy.
You can read the briefs on the EFF’s Web site:
* Amicus Brief of Online Journalists and Organizations [PDF, 117K]
* Online Journalists Application for Leave to File Amicus Brief [PDF, 114K]
To read more of the media coverage of the Apple vs. Does case, refer to some of the links below or search for “Apple lawsuit” in Google news.
Papers Back Bloggers In Apple Suit (CBS/AP)
More than a half-dozen news organizations are supporting three online journalists who published articles about a top-secret technology product that Apple Computer Inc. says was protected by trade secret laws.
Now the mainstream media has weighed in: eight of California’s largest newspapers and The Associated Press submitted a court brief Thursday asking that the online publishers be allowed to keep their sources confidential.
Eight US newspapers and the Associated Press agency have thrown their support behind three bloggers sued by Apple.
Dave Tomlin, assistant general counsel for the AP news agency, said the case had potential implications journalists of all kinds.
“For us, this case is about whether the First Amendment protects journalists from being turned into informants for the government, the courts or anybody else who wants to use them that way,” Mr Tomlin said.
“We believe strongly that it does, and that it’s a good thing for all of us that journalists have this protection.”
News Publishers Urge Reversal in Apple Source Case (MacObserver)
A coalition of news publishers and two Internet industry trade associations filed friend-of-the-court briefs late last week urging the California Court of Appeal to protect the confidential sources of journalists and defend e-mail privacy in a lawsuit brought by Apple Computer against the Mac news sites O’Grady’s PowerPage and AppleInsider.
In the brief that was prepared by Grant Penrod of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, the news publishers argued that the trial court incorrectly allowed trade secret law to trump First Amendment rights, and that Apple has failed to exhaust all other alternative sources for the information it seeks before going after journalists’ sources, as required by the reporter’s privilege under the First Amendment.