Apple wins key ruling; three people who published trade secrets must reveal sources

“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.

Full article here.

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  1. This ruling is great! People claiming to be journalists knowlingly publishing info that they know is provided by someone breaking the law SHOULD be punished. I just love it when people start quoting the Constitution as they know what they are talking about. Free Speech! Free Press! Free to Publish INFO PROVIDED BY PEOPLE BREAKING THE LAW!!! We live in a world of arrogance, selfishness and narrowmindedness. Laws are the only thing that keep us from total chaos. I hope Apple makes a huge statement with the lawsuit. Nuff Said!

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