January 30, 2007

GOOD NEWS FOR THE BLOGOSPHERE:

In a landmark ruling in favor of bloggers and cyber journalists, a Santa Clara County Court defended the First Amendment rights of online journalists to protect their confidential sources, effectively giving web journalists the same protections afforded to traditional print journalists. . . .

Apple was ordered to pay all legal costs associated with the defense, including a 2.2 times multiplier of the actual fees, bringing the total to about $700,000.

At least, this will make people think twice about trying to push bloggers around, on the theory that they’re little guys and that doing so is risk-free. On the other hand, as I said last time this kind of bullying backfired, “Don’t get cocky.”