Apple suspends legal action against three journalists

“Apple has agreed to suspend legal action against three journalists who disclosed advance product information against the company’s wishes, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) said yesterday,” Tony Smith reports for The Register. “In December 2004, Apple subpoenaed the three to try to discover the names of individuals who leaked allegedly illegally-obtained information to two news websites. The previous month, PowerPage and AppleInside published stories about ‘Asteroid’, a still-unreleased Apple device for connecting musical instruments to computers.”

Smith reports, “Apple’s legal action also targeted news site MacNN, which hosts AppleInsider. And the company applied for a subpoena against ISP, seeking emails that it believes will identify PowerPage’s sources. But last night the EFF, an internet rights group, said Apple had agreed to suspend the requests… Apple is also suing website Think Secret for publishing details of its Mac Mini product ahead of the compact computer’s introduction in January. The company claims the publication of the leaked information caused it financial injury, and is seeking compensation.”

Full article here.

Related MacDailyNews articles:
Stop the presses! Apple sues ThinkSecret over ‘Headless Mac,’ ‘iWork,’ and other rumors – January 05, 2005
Apple Computer sues three for posting Mac OS X ‘Tiger’ on Web – December 21, 2004
Apple sues anonymous people over leak of unreleased Apple product info on Web – December 17, 2004


  1. NoMacForMe has such a sad life that he has nothing else to do but to wait for new headline appears on MDN every day and try to get a first post!! I suggest that he move on and find something better to do, like playing with himself, instead of wasting his life on hatred.

  2. Q: If some kid soliciting trade secrets on a website he set up makes one a ‘journalist’, does timeshifting shows on my TiVo make me a ‘television producer’?

    A: No, but it does make that kid an accessory to a federal crime.

  3. Now you’re reporting one part of the story. MDN, you should start gathering information the right way and stop wasting time worrying your huge brain about Napster and HP executive. Do what your site is supposed to be doing. Report news that matter, not useless junk with pathetic comments.

    Boeing777 early post:
    Why would MDN avoid this topic? this has been on the BBC since February 15! Or. do we care more about Napster’s news than Apple’s?

  4. When you find yourself in a hole the secret to success is to stop digging.

    Apple have a network of enthusiasts that publish each and every scrap of info on their products – and make it up when there is nothing to report.

    Most other companies would kill for such public interset in their products. It is therefore a fine line between promotion and secrecy. Apple were going nowhere with this legal case – just fat wallets for lawyers. That is reason enough in itself for quitting before wasting money on law suits.

  5. Apple has dropped the actions against the websites, BUT they are still using the POS DMCA loophole to go after the ISPs to get the email addresses of people who mailed anything to the websites.

    This is a much bigger problem. Apple would have lost the original case because of 1st amendment rights, but now they are using the backdoor created by the DMCA. This could be a huge setback for personal privacy. If emails, other electronic communications and data are not given the same private priviledge that regular mail has kiss what is left of your privacy goodbye.

    Strange turn of events from the company who proudly declared that 1984 wouldn’t be like 1984.

    NMFY, R, B, L, and T if you don’t get the reference, get back to your lit class. Quit ditching school and get a clue and an education instead of trolling here.

    Sorry, couldn’t resist the urge

  6. Hands off! Clean up your own damn moles in your company, Jobs!

    If you can’t handle your own weasels, then go sell popcorn to the homeless in San Francisco!


  7. Leaking Apple’s confidential information constitutes industrial espionage in my humble opinion. Why assholes feel they must do this is beyond me. People can speculate all they want, but when the company you work for specifically asks you not to divulge information, because it hurts the bottom line, why do it?


    Boeing777, your insecurities are showing. You might want to zip up.

  8. Hey Boeing, I agree (I think). I constantly find little news tidbits directly relating to Apple (I even found a recent 5 questions for Steve J on Fortune the other day), yet MDN seems to be more interested in “reporting” the suffering of competitors than finding any real Mac daily news. Ahh well.

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