p2pnet news | Freedom:- Apple’s Steve Jobs has succeeded in crushing an investigative news site which published something he didn’t like.
In the process, he’s left the door wide open for other corporate giants also looking to stifle online reporting.
Says a press release on what’s soon to become the defunct site:
Apple and Think Secret have settled their lawsuit, reaching an agreement that results in a positive solution for both sides. As part of the confidential settlement, no sources were revealed and Think Secret will no longer be published.
Nick Ciarelli, Think Secret’s publisher, said “I’m pleased to have reached this amicable settlement, and will now be able to move forward with my college studies and broader journalistic pursuits.”
Pleased? Amicable? Is that the way it really is?
Or might ‘relieved’ might be a better way of describing Ciarelli’s feelings?
With this wrapped up, he won’t, now, end up in the courts court trying to fight a nasty, drawn-out battle with no resources, just like every ordinary person who’s attacked by vested-interest corporations with bottomless pockets and endless legal rersources.
Founded in 1988 by Ciarelli, aka Nick dePlume, when he was only 13, the Wall Street Journal called Think Secret “one of the most influential Web sites” about Apple,” says the Wikipedia.
Almost three years ago to the day, Think Secret ran rumors of a new Mac and a new word-processing application.
Apple claimed its reports violated trade secret law and has been using its cash and legal teams to kill the site ever since.
Does Ciarelli genuinely believe justice has been done?
And do you?
Jon Newton – p2pnet
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