Apple Forces Rumors Site To Shut Down

from the ouch dept

For a few years now, there's been a legal battle going on between Apple and Think Secret, a very popular Apple rumors site for publishing certain rumors. The lawsuit had many people up in arms, as they pointed out that Think Secret should be protected in the same way a newspaper is protected (and noting that Apple would never sue the WSJ the way it sued Think Secret). It made sense to go after whoever leaked the info to ThinkSecret, but going after the publication was ridiculous. While the case has dragged on, unfortunately, Apple won some of the legal battles. Now, as sent in by Jon, comes the news that Apple and Think Secret have "settled," but that settlement means that Think Secret needs to cease publishing entirely. The guy behind Think Secret notes that he never gave up the source, and calls this settlement amicable -- but it sets a horrible precedent for plenty of sites, and may create quite the chilling effect on reporters and bloggers alike. It's really a shame that Apple even decided to pursue this vendetta, and the fact that it ends with Think Secret being shut down completely is a travesty.

Filed Under: anonymity, rumors
Companies: apple, thinksecret

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  1. identicon
    Anonymous Chowder, 20 Dec 2007 @ 9:50am

    Did you hear???

    Apple is going to be releasing new versions of the iPhone and iPod this year! And new versions of macs as well... Laptop and Desktop!

    Don't forget to look for the new iCradle that combines all of the current Apple products into a baby cradle. It will be available in pastel pink and blue for only $2999 and of course super ultra hip dark grey / nickel for $3999.

    They're going to be manufactured in China by a contract manufacturing company and several patents will be filed covering the innovativeness...

    Steve Jobs will show it off at MacWorld and make the cover of babycouture magazine.

    This will be followed with the next version 100 days later that has twice the memory and is iBinky (bluetooth enabled) compatible.



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