“Apple Computer won a key ruling in a San Jose courtroom Friday in a case involving some company trade secrets. A judge ruled that three people who published articles on the Internet about some Apple products must divulge their confidential sources to help Apple protect its trade secrets,” The Associated Press reports. “Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge James Kleinberg ruled that no one has the right to publish information that could only have been provided by someone breaking the law.”

AP reports, “‘The rumor and opinion mills may continue to run at full speed,’ Kleinberg wrote. ‘What underlies this decision is the publishing of information that at this early stage of the litigation fits squarely within the definition of trade secret. The right to keep and maintain proprietary information as such is a right which the California Legislature and courts have long affirmed and which is essential to the future of technology and innovation generally.'”

“In December, Apple sued several unnamed individuals… who leaked specifications about pending music software — code-named “Asteroid” — to Monish Bhatia, Jason O’Grady and another person who writes under the pseudonym Kasper Jade. Their articles appeared in the online publications AppleInsider and PowerPage,” AP reports.

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