“At PowerPage.org, a Pennsylvania blogger offers up a daily menu of passionate online dish about all things Apple Computer. It looks like just another run-of-the-mill site in the vast and exploding blogosphere — advertisements, links and an introduction that says ‘Publishing since 1995.’ But bloggers like Jason O’Grady, who owns PowerPage, want to establish more than credibility with Apple aficionados. They see themselves as journalists, worthy of the same legal protections as Woodward and Bernstein, the New York Times or any other traditional form of media,” Howard Mintz reports for The San Jose Mercury News. “The blogging world may soon find out whether the highest courts in California agree.”
“In a possible test of what, exactly, is a journalist in a proliferating universe of bloggers and Web masters, a San Jose appeals court on Thursday will consider whether sites like PowerPage are entitled to the same protections against divulging confidential sources as established media organizations,” Mintz reports. “The 6th District Court of Appeal will hear arguments in a case triggered by Apple, which two years ago went to court to unearth the identities of individuals who leaked confidential information on a new product called “Asteroid” to three Web pages that specialize in Apple-related news. The closely watched legal spat appears headed for the California Supreme Court. Cupertino-based Apple views the case as a direct assault on its right to protect trade secrets against theft and distribution. Among other things, the plans for ‘Asteroid,’ including an exact drawing of the device, were posted on PowerPage. Asteroid, which has not yet been released, is a digital music device designed to work with Apple’s GarageBand music software.”
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