updated 12:10 am EDT, Mon April 3, 2006
Apple goes to court again
Apple later this month will face another yet another day in court, as a California Court of Appeals has finally scheduled a hearing for an appeal on behalf of bloggers and online journalists who claim their sources should be protected from subpoenas. Represented by The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), Ogrady et. al are set to face off against Apple on April 20th in a hearing to decide whether a lower court erred when it refused to protect PowerPage publisher Jason O'Grady's communications and unpublished materials, according to IT News. The EFF will argue that a lower court judge erred when it said that "trade secret" law trumped consitutional protections. The lower-court allowed refused to offer protections against a subpoena to the PowerPage's ISP Nfox -- issued in December of 2004 -- that sought to uncover materials O'Grady obtained for articles about "Asteroid," according to report.
Last year, the EFF won the right to unseal court documents related to Apple's efforts to subpoena the sources of online journalists. The unsealed documents showed that Apple moved to subpoena the reporters' sources before conducting a thorough investigation within the company.
Apple is currently in court fighting a lawsuit against The Beatles' recording company over the use of its logo.