Judge orders sources be revealed to Apple

According to the AP, Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge James Kleinberg ordered the three defendents to identify their sources in the Apple versus “who’s a journalist” lawsuit. I’ve said enough about this already, and I certainly hope it’s appealed.

Can you feel the chill?

UPDATE: [Jeff Jarvis] “So the judge decided that Apple can go ahead and subpoena the the sites that reported on its business to find out their sources. Which is to say that bloggers are not protected by California’s shield law. Which is to say that this judge just said that bloggers aren’t journalists. Which is to say that we just started a program of certifying official journalists in this country. Which is to say that we lose. Big time.”

UPDATE: Dan Gillmor’s on-the-money analysis: “Reporting on business, if this bad ruling is upheld on appeal, will be a great deal harder in the future. Companies will simply slap “trade secret” protection on everything they do, and any reporter who gets a scoop on anything the company doesn’t want the public to know about will be under a legal threat.”


  1. This is especially chilling: “A judge on Friday ordered three independent online reporters to divulge confidential sources in a lawsuit brought by Apple Computer Inc., narrowly interpreting who is a journalist and thereby entitled to First Amendment protections.”

    What the holy f? I thought I was entitled to First Amendment protections because I am an AMERICAN. Furthermore, isn’t Bush always saying our freedoms descend from GOD? *shiver*

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