Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 20th Dec 2007 10:22 UTC
Legal As we say in Dutch, de kogel is door de kerk: Think Secret will cease all activities after reaching a settlement with Apple in a lawsuit Apple had filed against the website. In exchange for closing down Think Secret, Nick DePlume, its owner, will not have to reveal its sources to Apple. The press release on the Think Secret website reads: "Apple and Think Secret have settled their lawsuit, reaching an agreement that results in a positive solution for both sides. As part of the confidential settlement, no sources were revealed and Think Secret will no longer be published." My take: I have respect for the way DePlume protected his sources; very commendable. I have, however, little respect for Apple in this case (I have written, rather controversially, about it before), and it just scares the living daylights out of me that a company can exert this much power over independent websites.
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RE[5]: Pardon?
by kaiwai on Thu 20th Dec 2007 14:18 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Pardon?"
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I'd try to figure out the source and sue the source - unless the information was leaked because I had a low security level and simply dumped confidential material in a dumpster in a public area (you'd be surprised how often this happens).

Then why did ThinkSecret put themselves in a situation? why didn't they say, "I received the information from a source within Apple - it was sent to me via an anonymous emailing service' or what have you. If you're talking about getting the 'inside story' wouldn't it be best to ensure that there is no formal link between you and the source which could uncover the source?

In Denmark such things have happened several times, and you cannot sue the publisher. Only the source can be sued, and only if you can figure out who did it.

But at the same time, he has the choice - he came to an arrangement with Apple.

It's a matter of free speech. (Magic sentence that would end the debate had we both been Danes.)

Ah, but I'm not Danish, I'm part Irish, part Scottish ;) I'll keep flogging the horse ;)

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