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Apple lawsuit is the \'Wrong Kind of Different\"

updated 04:35 pm EST, Tue February 8, 2005

\'Wrong Kind of Different\"

Apple's quest for secrecy might be a reason for IT/enterprise to give pause, according to a Computerworld that says the recent lawsuit against Think Secret and subpoenas to other Mac journalists for their sources protected by the US Constitution: "Apple, one of the most famously secretive companies in the technology business, frames this case and several like it as little more than attempts to protect massively valuable trade secrets. The value strikes me as questionable, and the larger reality is an Apple-aimed dagger at one of the foundations of free speech: a vibrant press. IT may think it has no horse in this race. I think IT should -- ahem -- think different. A culture of secrecy, enshrined in law, would make it even harder for companies to know what's going on, in a time when transparency should be ascendant."




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  1. Deal

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Conspire

    Yay! Let people break the law so we can report a companies secret to everybody and sell advertising space!

    This is what freedom of speech is all about! Profit through somebodies breach of contract! Yay!

  1. abe2

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Oh puh-freakin'-lease!!!

    Again with the flawed free-speech argument! Free-speech doesn't guarantee you the right to break the law!

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Can we?

    Can we ban any more articles on how Apple suing web sites is a bad thing?

  1. aristotles

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    No wonder USA is a mess

    You guys cannot even remember the purpose of your constitutional ammendements. The first ammendment was written to protect the free press from government abuses. It was also there to protect the speech of the citizens. It was "not" meant to be used as a blanket defence against all criminal or civil prosecution/litigation. How in the world did these lawyers arguing these cases make it out of highschool let alone pass the bar with such poor reading comprehension skills?

  1. theduffsronme

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Re: No wonder...

    People, your sudden confusion about lawyers and what they do is childish. Lawyers advocate for their clients and their positions. This is how law is made and interpreted. Apple probably has a strong case, but do not count the other side out or suggest that its lawyers can't read. They can read. And they can also change the country. Let's all watch with interest.

    Those who think they know the Constitution inside and out are usually the first ones to lose.

  1. cebritt

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Damned if you do...

    ...and damned if you don't. Public companies have to give the appearance of protecting their corporate secrets in order to avoid shareholder lawsuits. Shareholders are suing these days everytime the stock drops. Although the stock is going up now, it could drop in the future after a rumor.

  1. aristotles

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Re: No wonder...

    I am well aware of what lawyers do. I am also well aware of how much these types of lawsuits cost tax payers. Why is it that Americans think that freedom exists in a void and that they carry no responsibility? Why do so many people believe rights are absolutes? How can you have an absolute right if there are other parties in society which also have rights to consider?

    In a free society, the rights of all have to be considered and weighed accordingly. Justice being blind is a horrible myth which should not be perpetuated any further.

  1. just a poster

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Ya right

    Customers are going to stop buying MacOS X because some 19-year-old peabrain is sued for soliciting and distributing trade secrets.

    Let me give you a hearty ho ho ho.

    In a free society, the news media can be sued without retribution when it steals from others.

  1. theduffsronme

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Re; No wonder

    You're making a blanket observation about what Americans think. That's the biggest problem in your argument.

    Obviously, some Americans may think that the right to Free Speech applies absolutely. I would agree with you that they are mistaken. However, the guy behind Think Secret would argue that Free Speech applies to him because he is a journalist and he didn't commit any crimes. And he has an absolute right to a spirited defense, complete with bombastic language.

    That's the American system. Maybe you don't understand it as much as you think you do.

  1. abe2

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    one question then

    Why would a legitimate "journalist" as you call him need to use a pseudonym?

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