Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Hold that (i)-Phone!!!

What a tangled legal mess starting to develop in California, where a journalist had his house broken into by police who were executing a search warrant.

The journalist -- Jason Chen -- drew attention after a report detailing the prototype of the new Apple iPhone was published by Gizmodo.

The legal machinations that have followed are highlighted in this report. Of course, we must keep in mind that the source of this report is indeed the organization that first printed the information about product.

There could be some important legal ground following this case, but I wonder if some of this is driven by Apple's desire to protect its products. Setting that aside, the issue of who is a journalist in this rapidly changing legal and technological landscape is something that cannot be ignored.

And unlike political talk radio that seems motivated far more by who can out-shout the other, legal issues will take place in more staid, dare I say professional, settings.

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