Monthly Archives: May 2006

'Bloggers are Journalists' says Court of Appeals

Win some, lose some. Apple computer lost its appeal in a case involving a blog's early disclosure of the company's upcoming new products.

Last year, following a number of incidents, Apple sued a ‘rumor site' which had broken several stories about forthcoming Apple products. Apple argued that the site was violating the company's trade secrets, and the lower court agreed, overruling the site owners' argument that their publication of the stories was protected under the first amendment as journalism.

The California Court of Appeals, however has ruled in the bloggers' favor, stating that web publications are covered under the same first amendment protections as offline publications.

The court refused to get into a lengthy discussion of whether journalism is ‘legitimate'. The so-called ‘reporter's shield law' is designed to protect the gathering and dissemination of news… which is exactly what the web-site did.

Apples and Apples: Computer Giant prevails in case brought by Beatles' record label

Apple computer and Apple Corps, parent company of the Beatles’ Apple records have duked it out in the British courts once again. As early as 1981 Apple Corps began legal proceedings, and ultimately obtained a settlement with the computer manufacturer over its use of the word “Apple” and various logos. As part of that deal,… Continue Reading

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