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Media Organizations File Brief in Apple Case in Support of Journalists

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A dozen media organizations, including the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, have filed a friend-of-the-court brief in a case growing out of a suit by Apple Computer against 25 unnamed individuals, believed to be its own employees, for leading information to websites. A judge ordered an internet service provider to provide e-mail records that could identify the source or sources. The brief argues that forcing disclosure of the website bloggers source or sources through third party subpoenas would “substantially impair journalists’ ability to gather and report the news.” (4/11/05)