Apple case: web sites must reveal sources
A San Jose judge has ruled in favor of Apple
in their case against two online news sites, Apple Insider
and Power Page
, forcing them to name their confidential sources. The case against Think Secret
hasn't received a ruling yet as it was filed separately from the other two. Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge James Kleinberg doesn't think online journalists are legitimate members of the press and shouldn't receive the same constitutional protection as "legitimate" members of the press.
In its court filings, Apple argued that neither the free speech protections of the United States Constitution nor the California Shield Law, which protects journalists from revealing their sources, applies to the Web sites. The company said such protections apply only to ``legitimate members of the press.''
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