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After a long and tumultuous struggle between Nick from Think Secret and Apple, they’ve resolved their issues and Think Secret will be publishing no longer.
This is especially interesting to me because I’ve been a reader of Think Secret for many years, essentially since the site started, and followed the lawsuit from its genesis to now. Nick is actually a few years younger than I am, is still in college, so seeing him go up against a giant company like Apple is interesting for me since I’ve enjoyed his reporting over the years.
As part of the press release that Think Secret posted, it said that a “positive solution” had been reached for both sides. To me, that means the lawsuit has been dropped and perhaps Nick got a payoff to stop writing. I don’t know what type of payoff, perhaps Apple paid his legal fees plus some cash, but maybe it was larger than that. Maybe once the EFF got behind Nick’s case Apple realized they were going to lose, so they decided to turn the tables and stop that from happening. If Nick won then other rumor sites could safely pursue information inside of a protective Apple NDA without worrying about the legal consequences, so by Apple paying off Nick it stopped the forthcoming rumor flood.
Ars Technica mirrors my sentiments in that they also believe he got a nice payday:
“Apple was faced with losing the case and having to pay attorney’s fees,” explained Opsahl, which is likely part of the reason why it decided to settle instead of continuing to pursue it. As for Ciarelli, “We understand that Nick is very satisfied with the outcome of the case,” Opsahl said. “We hope that Apple learns a lesson over this.”
With a wad of cash in his pocket and some real journalistic work experience behind him, Nick can no move forward and has many opportunities to choose from. Of course those opportunities don’t include writing about Apple rumors, but there could be far worse outcomes to this story.
In light of the recent and now-famous Kathy Sierra incident, respected publisher and blogger Tim O’Reilly has proposed a “Blogger’s Code of Conduct” that would be followed by individual bloggers, and promoted with a badge (actually modeled after a Wild West sheriff’s badge) on their website.
Is a Code of Conduct Needed?
So far, the primary response to the code of conduct has been (not surprisingly) controversy and skepticism.
Jeff Jarvis of BuzzMachine summed up the opposing viewpoint thusly:
[W]hen I moved into the place that is my town, I didnâ€™t put up a badge on my fence saying that Iâ€™d be a good neighbor (and thus anyone without that badge is, de facto, a bad neighbor). I didnâ€™t have to pledge to act civilized. I just do. And if I donâ€™t, you can judge me accordingly. Are there rules and laws? Yes, the same ones that exist in worlds physical or virtual: If I libel or defame you on the streetcorner or in a paper or on a screen, the recourse is the same. But I donâ€™t put up another badge on my fence saying I wonâ€™t libel you.
Does It Hurt More Than It Helps?
One unfortunate aspect of O’Reilly’s move is the response from the media. It’s a great publicity move for O’Reilly himself, who’s received coverage from a variety of major media outlets, but at what cost?
The news media has, predictably, jumped on this opportunity to spin the blogosphere as a sordid and lawless colony on the fringe of society—with O’Reilly cast as the upright sheriff trying to save the women and children.
The New York Times take on it? A Call for Manners in the World of Nasty Blogs. “Nasty Blogs”? This obviously hasn’t raised the level of discourse a whole lot.
That spin is great for selling newspapers, but the net result is yet another negative tourist campaign for the Web: “Blogging: Where the Bad People Are!”
What Happens Next?
Robert Scoble had this to say:
I do find disquieting the social pressure to get on board with this program. Tim Oâ€™Reilly is a guy who really can affect oneâ€™s career online (and off, too). I do have to admit that I feel some pressure just to get on board here and that makes me feel very uneasy.
Where we go from here is up to the crowd, but my guess is that this effort will follow the path of so many others—reviewed, evaluated, discussed, and ultimately found wanting.
What’s your take on it?
So much has been said about PayPerPost, its copycats, and now the new ReviewMe.com service and everyone seems to be all up in arms. The horror! Someone writing about a company with less than completely altruistic intentions! Disclosure or not, the idea of influenced writing isn’t new to the blog medium even though so many act as though it is. It’s been going on in mainstream media for a very long time, but over there in Big Boy Land there are companies built around this type of influence peddling, we call them public relations firms. PR firms are paid to take your message and get the word out in whatever way possible — whether that’s cold calls, emails, press junkets, expensive dinners, or flat-out bribes, it’s what happens in the “real world” when you want X to be written about in Y and you have no connections to Y.
A new law has just been passed that makes it now illegal for anybody to “annoy” (yes, that’s the word they used) others on the internet anonymously. So, I guess, if you post an anonymous comment on a weblog that pisses somebody off, you can now be arrested and forced to endure chinese water torture and/or reruns of The Waltons.