March 4, 2005

BBC: A California judge said in a preliminary ruling that bloggers should not have the same protection afforded to journalists under US law. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), representing the sites, said it was disappointed with the ruling. The case's outcome could be far-reaching for bloggers and writers.

Ny Times: Had such an article about Apple appeared in a major newspaper, he said, "it would have been called good journalism; Apple never would have considered filing a lawsuit."

Furthermore, Mr. Gross said, the material Mr. DePlume published did not involve trade secrets but was information that had already been made public, and that Mr. DePlume did not break any laws when he obtained the information.

via MTA We can only imagine who will get to decide who is “just” a blogger, and who is a “real” journalist—the same people who let Gannon/Guckert into the White House press briefing room, do you suppose? And where was this judge when Matt Drudge was leaking all those lies about the Clintons that obviously came straight from Ken Starr’s office?
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