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Tech Industry Versus Citizen Journalists Goes to Appeals Court

Mercury News: Judges take a few swipes at Apple’s arguments. A state appeals court in San Jose on Thursday appeared openly hostile to Apple Computer’s attempts to pry information from bloggers that would reveal who may have leaked confidential information on a new company product.

In a lively two-hour session, a panel of 6th District Court of Appeal justices repeatedly interrupted Apple lead attorney George Riley, questioning whether the company had valid reasons to sacrifice privacy and First Amendment rights in its quest to find out the source of the leak.

For citizen journalists everywhere, let’s hope Apple loses. See also this posting on my Silicon Valley blog.

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