“There are some things I hate about Apple. Topping the list is its propensity to shut out reporters who have a habit of breaking news the Mac maker doesn’t like. Last week, a California court agreed to hear a case in which Apple’s lawyers are pressing a blogger to reveal the source of a leak. Here’s the background: In 2004, rumor sites PowerPage and AppleInsider reported that Apple would release a device that would allow musicians to plug analog gear directly into a Mac to take advantage of the GarageBand composing software. Apparently furious with the leak, Apple filed suit. Its subpoena seeks to unmask the unnamed sources referenced in published stories,” Tim Beyers writes for The Motley Fool. “Welcome to the 1970s. Here’s your reservation to the Watergate. Please enjoy your stay; just don’t make a ruckus while you’re here. And don’t go talking to anyone named Woodward or Bernstein, please.”
Beyers writes, “Not that I’m unsympathetic to the idea of Apple or others protecting their trade secrets, but breaking a story about a product in development without revealing exactly how to build that product — as the bloggers did — doesn’t exactly strike me as corporate espionage. It’s just . . . news. What’s more, this is hardly the first time Apple has played the bully when it comes to leaks. Does anyone else remember MacWEEK? Long before AppleInsider, PowerPage, ThinkSecret, and others like them, MacWEEK was earnings enemies at Apple for breaking stories about forthcoming products. It also published lots of rumors. But now that the journalistic gesticulating has fled from the pages of ink-stained weeklies to the URLs of digital dailies, the rights of writers have suddenly eroded? Un-freaking-believable.”
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