apple looses case against citizen journalists

Citizen Journalists in California can sigh with relief – a court has ruled that Apple cannot force ISP’s to hand over emails that Apple think will help them track down the source of company information leaked to bloggers. [March 2005 article about case] Apple said the bloggers weren’t journalists so shouldn’t get the same protection as them.

Mathias Klang notes a key part of the decision:

“The court writes that the law is “…intended to protect the gathering and dissemination of news…” and therefore it is not necessary to attempt to define the border between journalists and bloggers.”

Mathias also links to a similar recent case in Sweden (wich unofficial translation).

See also: EFF pdf of Apple v Does judgement and FAQ