The Mac Observer

Skip navigational links

You're viewing an article in TMO's historic archive vault. Here, we've preserved the comments and how the site looked along with the article. Use this link to view the article on our current site:
Mercury News Calls Apple's Anti-Rumor Lawsuits "Misguided"

Mercury News Calls Apple's Anti-Rumor Lawsuits "Misguided"

by , 1:20 PM EST, March 10th, 2005

Apple's lawsuits against Think Secret, PowerPage, and AppleInsider are "misguided," according to an editorial published Thursday by Apple's home town newspaper, the San Jose Mercury News.

The editorial said the sites perform the same function as traditional media outlets like print trade magazines and newspapers, and deserve the same protections as traditional journalists. Such protections, said the editorial, are "essential to a free press."

At issue is one lawsuit accusing Think Secret of publishing Apple's Trade Secrets that seeks to force the site to reveal its sources, as well as subpoenas issued to PowerPage, AppleInsider, and Think Secret in a separate case against John Does (unknown persons) also seeking their sources.

Apple's legal argument has heretofore been that these sites are not run by "journalists," and are therefore not eligible for protections granted to journalists.

"It's a puzzling and misguided argument," wrote the unsigned author of the piece. "The Web sites have been writing about Apple for some time. The people behind them collect information that is of interest to the public and publish it for the consumption, primarily, of a throng of avid Macintosh fans. In other words, they perform a function that is little different from that of scores of trade publications, or even the business sections of major newspapers."

The piece concluded with, "If the judge rules against the Web sites, this is a case that ought to be appealed to a higher court."

Recent TMO Headlines - Updated September 25th

Sun, 12:22 PM
The Truth is in The Cloud – Mac Geek Gab 676
Fri, 7:02 PM
The Intriguing Design of The Steve Jobs Theater Explained
Fri, 5:45 PM
Anki OVERDRIVE Adds Fast & Furious Edition
Fri, 5:15 PM
iVAPO Folio Case for the 10.5-inch iPad Pro is a Delight: A Review
Fri, 5:05 PM
Terminal Tinkering: Say Hello to TMO's New Podcast for Tech Enthusiasts
Fri, 4:25 PM
Apple Posted Apple Pay How To Videos on YouTube
Fri, 3:43 PM
Movie Rentals in iTunes Have Changed for the Better
Fri, 3:00 PM
The Royal iPod Has Been Spotted For The First Time
Fri, 2:29 PM
Thanks to Misuse, Apps Can't View MAC Addresses on iOS 11
Fri, 1:28 PM
Go Behind the Scenes with Apple's iPhone Pre-order War Room
Fri, 1:20 PM
Setting Up Your New iPhone and Apple Watch, Terminal Tinkering Debut - TMO Daily Observations 2017-09-22
Fri, 11:46 AM
Blips Smartphone Lens Kits: $24.99
  • __________
  • Buy Stuff, Support TMO!
  • Podcast: Mac Geek Gab
  • Podcast: Apple Weekly Report
  • TMO on Twitter!