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[2]: Pardon?
by StephenBeDoper on Thu 20th Dec 2007 20:01 UTC in reply to "RE: Pardon?"
StephenBeDoper
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And no, there's no reasonable way with anything as complex and involved as the design/manufacture/planning of such things as a tech company sells to keep the people that know something of meaning down to a small, easily controlled group that won't reveal things by way of security: once again, in order to do that, Apple would have to be overly invasive of the rights of their workers in order to have nearly perfect internal privacy.


Someone should start an Apple rumours site using the same strategy. They setup some sort of deliberately-anonymous submission form and put up a disclaimer to the effect of "Don't send us anything that's covered by NDAs" (knowing full well that people would anyway). Then, when the inevitable happens, the site owners can just throw up their hands and say "Well golly, we *told* them they're not allowed to submit NDA-protected material."

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