by CIO Staff

Apple Won’t Appeal in Trade Secrets Case

Jul 13, 20061 min

Apple Computer, maker of the mega-popular iPod digital media player, will not appeal a May California appeals court ruling that found the Cupertino, Calif.-based company is not entitled to know the identities of journalists it says leaked information about an upcoming product, Macworld reports.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) said in court documents on Wednesday that Apple will not appeal the decision, according to Macworld.

Apple had been attempting to discover the identities of journalists it says leaked information about the upcoming product, code-named “Asteroid,” to two websites, AppleInsider and PowerPage. In May, a San Jose, Calif., appeals court found that online journalists’ sources are covered by the same First Amendment protections that allow print journalists to keep their sources confidential. The court also said any subpoenas Apple had previously issued to ISPs for e-mail records or other information would be unenforceable.

Wednesday’s court filings officially close the case, according to Macworld.

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