how does Macrumors get away without being sued?

Discussion in 'Apple, Inc and Tech Industry' started by waloshin, Sep 4, 2010.

  1. waloshin macrumors 68040

    Oct 9, 2008
    How does Macrumors get away without being sued? As Macrumors leaks information on the web about new and upcoming mac products why doesn't :apple: sue Macrumors?

    The reason why I ask is would I get away with a site like
  2. DylanLikesPorn macrumors 6502


    May 20, 2010
    MR leeches regurgitates rumors from other sites. sites like thinksecret take the fall for publishing the initial scoop. sure MR gets own tips, so maybe time will come. who knows.
  3. KnightWRX macrumors Pentium


    Jan 28, 2009
    Quebec, Canada
    Sued under what laws exactly ? As long as no one broke an NDA (which would result in that guy getting sued, not the site) to get the rumor out or "stole" a phone (and then it's not Apple who's going to be suing, it's the state under the criminal code), what is it Apple is going to be suing for ?

    The simple fact is, Freedom of Speech grants them immunity. Apple may not like their stuff leaked, but it's just a reality of doing business.
  4. Tower-Union macrumors 6502


    May 6, 2009
    I love how people use "Freedom of speech" to cover anything and everything. How well did that argument work out for ThinkSecret or Gizmodo?

    Yes you have freedom of speech, no you can't use it to do just anything. Leaking trade secrets can (and will) get you in a hell of a lot of trouble.

  5. KnightWRX macrumors Pentium


    Jan 28, 2009
    Quebec, Canada
    Link to when Gizmodo got sued for leaking trade secrets ? :rolleyes: (hint, they didn't, the search and seizure in Jason's home was about acquiring a prototype phone that under some section of California was deemed stolen since presumably no sufficient effort had been made to return it to its rightful owner).

    There's no law protecting trade secrets per say. You sign NDAs. If there is no signed NDA, freedom of speech does grant you immunity.
  6. iParis macrumors 68040


    Jul 29, 2008
    New Mexico
    Because MacRumors never signed anything about not talking about future Apple products. Nor has MacRumors ever found an unreleased Apple prototype, taken pictures of it, posted a blog about it, gave it back to Apple, then posted another blog with a teardown of the devices. *cough* Gizmodo *cough*
  7. 87vert macrumors 6502


    Oct 7, 2008
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Pretty much the only way then can get sued is by paying off someone for "inside information" or by not responding to a Cease and Desist for posting leaked information.
  8. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    To be sued, the organization must in violation of some law or statue and to the end, what law or statue are they breaking.

    Providing news and information is not illegal and I don't see why anyone would even think this :confused:
  9. jav6454 macrumors P6


    Nov 14, 2007
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    MR always takes rumors and wild guesses and makes an article about them. MR has never done anything like actually having a solid evidence shred (like a physical one).

    The only two times MR got first confirmation of something, was a screenshot arn took about a PowerMac G5 and about registering

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