On the opening day of the annual Macworld show in San Francisco, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) said it is representing the publishers of AppleInsider and PowerPage. The two sites were sued for posting information about an alleged product code-named Asteroid. The sites maintain that the company will announce a new external device this week that lets musicians plug in traditional music equipment into a Macintosh computer.
Apple executives were not immediately available for comment after repeated requests.
The Macintosh-maker obtained a court order to subpoena the AppleInsider and PowerPage sites after it filed a suit on Dec. 13 in a Santa Clara court. Apple said it wanted the names behind a post entitled, “Does 1-20,” which allegedly leaked the information in question.
The EFF countered saying bloggers’ sources are protected by the same laws that protect sources providing information to journalists.
“Bloggers break the news, just like journalists do. They must be able to promise confidentiality in order to maintain the free flow of information,” EFF Staff Attorney Kurt Opsahl said in a statement. “Without legal protection, informants will refuse to talk to reporters, diminishing the power of the open press that is the cornerstone of a free society.”
That makes me feel better perhaps I’m not a freak like some people are saying.