“A lawyer specializing in freedom of speech and the Internet said Wednesday he will defend free of charge a 19-year-old publisher of a Web site facing a lawsuit over an article that revealed trade secrets about an Apple computer. Nicholas Ciarelli, publisher of the site http://www.ThinkSecret.com and a Harvard University student, will be defended by Terry Gross, of the San Francisco-based firm Gross & Belsky,” The Rapid City Journal reports.
“Ciarelli said last week he could not afford to defend a lawsuit that Cupertino, Calif.-based Apple Computer Inc. filed in San Jose County on Jan. 4,” The Rapid City Journal reports. “Apple sued a week after Ciarelli’s Web site published an article that revealed details of the $499 Mac mini computer. Defendants include Think Secret and unnamed sources who tipped off the online publication two weeks before Apple’s Jan. 11 Mac mini introduction. Apple has said the Web site ‘solicited information about unreleased Apple products from these individuals.’ Gross said in an interview that Ciarelli and his Web site used proper newsgathering techniques and deserve First Amendment protection. He said he plans to file a motion asking a judge to immediately dismiss the lawsuit,” The Rapid City Journal reports.
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