Are you now, or have you ever been…a journalist?

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In response to that judge's decision in a Santa Clara County Superior Court to force the producers of the Mac blogs to reveal their sources in that apple law suite, theinquirer has quoted a very interesing article from Wendy M. Grossman on the subject of journalists and their rights to protect sources as it applies to bloggers. She cites many professionally paid and respected journalists publish blogs to the net everyday and asks are those not consider real news? The underlying premise...

in the judge's decision was bloggers and their posts aren't real journalists nor real news and aren't entitled to the same protection under the law.

She states, "The Electronic Frontier Foundation is arguing that the bloggers are entitled to the same protection under the law as other journalists. I think in the end this argument has to be right. If you allow companies to use trade secret law to compel the disclosure of sources you make all types of business reporting much more difficult since companies who don't like what's being reported about them can claim trade secret protection. If you say that bloggers are not journalists except when they're working for "official" news media, then you're coming perilously close to controlling journalism by deciding who is allowed to do it. It is another of those delicate balances."

A very interesting article.