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Victory for free speech

An appeals court in California has upheld that Blogs can be just as legitimate a news source as more traditional media outlets, and are thus also entitled to the same protection under the law. Thankfully, someone actually read the Constitution (specifically, the First Amendment).

As reported on the New York Times web site, the court’s opinion said, “We can think of no workable test or principle that would distinguish ‘legitimate’ from ‘illegitimate’ news. Any attempt by courts to draw such a distinction would imperil a fundamental purpose of the First Amendment.”

Also significant was the fact that the ruling also addressed whether private e-mail communications could be subpoenaed. “The court correctly found that under federal law, civil litigants can’t subpoena your stored e-mail from your service,” Kevin Bankston, a lawyer for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, told the Times.

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