Apple Computer wins this round. A judge ruled that 3 bloggers must reveal their sources and blow the whistle on some employees who supposedly leaked trade secrets.
The protections that mainstream journalists enjoy should extend to bloggers–after all, what are we but reporters that no one’s paying? Well, I guess you could say we’re a few other things…
I don’t know. It’s a touchy issue–making somebody “tell on” somebody else when you promised you wouldn’t. I remember Jack Nicholson screaming the now-famous line in the movie “A Few Good Men.” Should it depend on how wrong the thing was? Don’t the cops give immunity to informants? Don’t reporters protect their sources for criminal activities–even if they’re criminals?
The bloggers will appeal. Can’t wait to see the next round.Powered by Sidelines