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April 27, 2010
Overnight Open Thread
Ed from Hot Air covered this but here's the short version of the story in case you haven't been following it.
Gray Powell, an Apple engineer, takes a prototype of the next generation iphone to a bar one night and accidentally leaves it there. Somebody finds it and takes it home planning (they say) on returning directly to the owner. But by the next morning it's been remotely wiped clean by Apple so they can't find out who it belongs to. So the finder calls (they claim) various Apple numbers trying to find out where to return it but gets the run around.
A few weeks later someone (the finder?) sells it to the technology blog Gizmodo for $5000. Gizmodo then publishes the complete details of the new iphone. Apple goes apoplectic and demands the phone back. Gizmodo returns it. A few days later San Mateo sheriffs raid Gizmodo's editor's house and take away his computers as part of a theft investigation.
Okay now here's where it gets interesting: There's a California law from 1872 which says any person who finds lost property and knows who the owner is likely to be but "appropriates such property to his own use" is guilty of theft. If the value is more than $400, it becomes grand theft. So this is what Apple and law enforcement are investigating the finder and Gizmodo for.
But it turns that there are CA and federal laws which forbid authorities from using search warrants on journalists to find out the identities of sources - they have to issue subpoenas instead. So Gizmodo claims that their blog is a form of journalism and so the search warrant was a violation of state and federal law. And in addition to all this it turns out that the law enforcement task force, REACT, who raided the editor's house seem to be basically a private police force [within law enforcement agencies] for companies on its steering committee.
So who knows where this will lead but there's just all kinds of bloggy discussion goodness here.
And for the record my view is that bloggers are a type of journalist and so they deserve the same legal immunity that journalists currently get. Which means anyone can get the same protection which will make the authorities and the reporters guild unhappy. Which is fine with me since I've never liked it that certain classes of people get special legal privileges yet aren't accountable to the government or the voters.
Also expect the White Slavery, Fencing Monthly, and Meth Dealer Times blogs to start publishing soon.
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