In 2004, Apply took the following actions towards Mac fan sites AppleInsider and PowerPage when they reported the technological details about a product codenamed "Asteroid."
Apple sought the identity of the sources who leaked the information by filing suit against the bloggers, and subpoenaed their email records from email service provider Nfox.com. The company claimed that the reports violated California's trade secret laws.
As a result, a Santa Clara County court ordered Apple to pay the legal fees ($700,000) of their opponent this month, a development considered "a large moral victory for bloggers".
WebProNews asks the following questions, which no doubt have been in a lot of bloggers mind for a long time:
Do bloggers qualify as journalists? Can blogs be considered news sites? Does a private company have the right to suspend the protection of journalistic sources guaranteed by the First Amendment?
The situation is still inconclusive. But it seems to be step in the right direction.