As reported by Slashdot:
Your Rights Online: Court Rules in Favor of Anonymous Blogger
Posted on Friday October 07, @02:35AM
"The Delaware Supreme Court on Wednesday reversed a lower court decision requiring an Internet service provider to disclose the identity of an anonymous blogger who targeted a local elected official. Judge Steele described the Internet as a 'unique democratizing medium unlike anything that has come before,' and said anonymous speech in blogs and chat rooms in some instances can become the modern equivalent of political pamphleteering. 'We are concerned that setting the standard too low will chill potential posters from exercising their First Amendment right to speak anonymously,' Steele wrote."
I used to love Slashdot, but it was bastradizing the constitution such as this that made me leave - never to post there again.
The comments associated with the post are littered with a few that are trying to relate this to Apple's litigation against rumor sites to divulge information about sources of leaked trade secrets.
I am shocked that a judge would be so cretin in his decision and ruling - eventhough the case actually DOES relate to the protection provided in the constitution. Politcal speech is fully protected under the constitution. This case was about a blogger speaking of a local politician. I am pleased with the decision, but not the reason for the ruling, nor the way it is being construed.
"We are concerned that setting the standard too low will chill potential posters from exercising their First Amendment right to speak anonymously"
I wasn't aware that that the 1st Ammendment said that. Need proof?
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
I don't see a right to speak anonymously.
This ruling, which was applied to political free speech can NOT be remotely tied into Apple's request of the courts to divulge trade secret leaks. Think Secret, AppleInsider, and The PowerPage do not report news of national security, political meaning, or even "need to know".
Trust me, these Apple rumor sites are milking this for all the press they can get. Frankly, it disgusts me.