Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 20th Apr 2006 22:07 UTC
Legal Apple Computer faced tough questioning Thursday in its bid to gain access to electronic records of Mac enthusiast sites that published leaked details of an unreleased product. Although a lower court ruled last year that Apple should be able to gain access to electronic records of the enthusiast sites, a three-judge appeals panel in the State of California Court of Appeal, Sixth Appellate District, peppered Apple's lawyer with questions. The judges wanted to know whether the information at issue represented a genuine trade secret as well as whether journalists' right to protect their sources outweigh Apple's right to protect its trade secrets.
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boycott Apple
by ozonehole on Thu 20th Apr 2006 23:46 UTC
ozonehole
Member since:
2006-01-07

Honestly, I can't see what Apple hopes to gain by prosecuting their own enthusiastic user base. What "harm" did Apple suffer from this leek of information they were going to release anyway?

Mac enthusiasts should respond to this nonsense by boycotting Apple. Ironically, then Apple will finally be able to claim that they did suffer harm from this leak.

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RE: boycott Apple
by ThanhLy on Fri 21st Apr 2006 02:03 in reply to "boycott Apple"
ThanhLy Member since:
2006-03-14

"What "harm" did Apple suffer from this leek of information they were going to release anyway?"

Well if we are to buy into the myth that Apple invented the concept of a graphical user interface (among other things) which others (Microsoft) stole/ripped-off, then Apple should be protecting their secrets. If word got out that they're doing something uber cool, everyone will copy it and Apple won't get the joy of "you saw it here first."

Boycotting Apple won't do anything to fix this problem. Look right here: http://www.ipodobserver.com/story/26405

"During its second quarter financial conference call, Apple announced that 50 percent of its quarterly revenue came from its music division"

Half their income is from selling iPods. And who buys iPods? Almost everyone and their grandmothers. Think of all those people who probably don't care if some website (they probably never heard of) gets sued for publishing "secrets."

What does Apple have to gain by silencing the rumor sites? They keep their flock of sheep in a shroud of mystery so that we're eager for whatever Apple brings to market and buy it simply out of knee-jerk reaction.

It's business practice. And it has been working for Apple.

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RE[2]: boycott Apple
by mono on Fri 21st Apr 2006 08:44 in reply to "RE: boycott Apple"
mono Member since:
2005-10-19

"Well if we are to buy into the myth that Apple invented the concept of a graphical user interface (among other things) which others (Microsoft) stole/ripped-off"

1. It was not Apple who invented the GUI concept.
2. For instance: Apple "stole/ripped-off" Fast User Switching. So who's better?

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