Wednesday, April 19, 2006, 4/19/2006 08:14:00 AM

Apple versus the Bloggers -- Journalism or Trade Secrets?

From the San Jose Mercury News, the story of the upcoming appellate argument in Apple's continuing battle against bloggers whom Apple alleges published its trade secrets. Apple claimed that the plans for its "Asteroid" product, including an exact drawing of the device, were posted on the PowerPage blog. Asteroid, which has not yet been released, is a digital music device designed to work with Apple's GarageBand music software.

Apple used subpoenas to seek the identity of persons who leaked the information to the bloggers. The bloggers claimed that they were journalists entitled to First Amendment protection of their sources. The case may be headed for the California Supreme Court.

MacNewsWorld has another take here.

We'll keep you up to date on this story of continuing importance.

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