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DC Judge Upholds Association’s Right to Protect Its Sources

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A Superior Court for the District of Columbia refused to order a private organization to identify a source who accused a firm of using pirated software. The Software & Information Industry Association encourages employees to anonymously report companies which use unlicensed software. The company in this case was cleared of any wrongdoing but sought the name of the employee who turned in the report. Judge Anna Blackburne-Rigsby ruled the First Amendment and D.C. law protected association from identifying its source. (8/28/06)