The New York Times > Technology > Apple Can Demand Names of Bloggers, Judge Says: "The case has been closely watched for its potential impact on the publishers of Web sites and bloggers, who say the privilege of reporters to protect their confidential sources should extend to online writers.
But Judge Kleinberg wrote that assuming Apple's accusations are true, the information is 'stolen property, just as any physical item, such as a laptop computer containing the same information on its hard drive (or not) would be.'
He went on to say that 'the right to keep and maintain proprietary information as such is a right which the California Legislature and courts have long affirmed and which is essential to the future of technology and innovation.' "
Unpopular but necessary