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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    FilmJr, 20 Dec 2007 @ 4:49am

    Disappointing.

    Having owned only Macs since 1999, I've only recently decided to build my first PC. The two bitter pills I couldn't swallow with Apple were: the lack of current generation, mid-level video cards, and the ridiculous prices of memory on BTO Macs from the Apple Store ($699 for 4g in a new iMac....please.) I think this "settlement" with Think Secret shines a flashlight on a trend that's difficult to notice when wearing Mac-colored glasses: that Apple is changing (or possibly has already changed) from a great company into a company that makes great products, and those are very different things. Blame the iPod and its phenomenal mainstream success; the Mac hardcore just aren't as important anymore.

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