Rotten Apple

I’m truly disgusted at the way Apple is behaving at the moment.

From the BBC:

Civil liberties group the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has joined a
legal fight between three US online journalists and Apple.

Apple wants the reporters to reveal 20 sources used for stories which leaked
information about forthcoming products, including the Mac Mini.

The EFF, representing the reporters, has asked California’s Superior court
to stop Apple pursuing the sources.

It argues that the journalists are protected by the American constitution.

The EFF says the case threatens the basic freedoms of the press.

If the court lets Apple get away with this… potential confidential sources
will be deterred from providing information to the media

Kurt Opsahl, EFF

Apple is particularly keen to find the source for information about an
unreleased product code-named Asteroid and has asked the journalists’ e-mail
providers to hand over communications relevant to that.

“Rather than confronting the issue of reporter’s privilege head-on, Apple is
going to the journalist’s ISPs for his e-mails,” said EFF lawyer Kurt
Opsahl.

“This undermines a fundamental First Amendment right that protects all
reporters.

“If the court lets Apple get away with this, and exposes the confidences
gained by these reporters, potential confidential sources will be deterred
from providing information to the media and the public will lose a vital
outlet for independent news, analysis and commentary,” he said.

The case began in December 2004 when Apple asked a local Californian court
to get the journalists to reveal their sources for articles published on
websites AppleInsider.com and PowerPage.org.

Online rights?

Apple also sent requested information from the Nfox.com, the internet
service provider of PowerPage’s publisher Jason O-Grady.

As well as looking at how far corporations can go in preventing information
from being published, the case will also examine whether online journalists
have the same privileges and protections as those writing for newspapers and
magazines.

The EFF has gained some powerful allies in its legal battle with Apple,
including Professor Tom Goldstein, former dean of the Journalism School at
the University of California and Dan Gillmor, a well-known Silicon Valley
journalist.

Apple was not immediately available for comment.

Yeah, I bet they weren’t.

1 Comment

  1. greylock Said,

    February 17, 2005 @ 4:39 am

    Did you see that im the US there is a challenge to the right of journalists to keep sources secret? I can’t find a link, but IIRC they used to use the constitution as a shiel – but there’s not a challenge to that right.

    Thankfully, we don’t have such pesky concerns here.