Supreme Court and Blogging?
Mark June 27 on your calendars, we have been told here at Businessweek (Well, ok, figuratively.) Our lawyers are watching that date because that's when the Supreme Court will decide whether it will take a case that delves into whether, under the First Amendment, there is a legal protection for journalists when they have confidential sources. (This is the CIA operative case, involving two reporters from the New York Times and Time Magazine.)
But the Supreme Court's decision could affect bloggers as well.
That's because Floyd Abrams, a lawyer for the reporters, has said in court and publicly that this reporter-source privilege should apply to bloggers as well.
If it is accepted, I think the case will start another round of discussions over how and under what circumstances these kinds of privileges, traditionally applied to journalists, would apply to bloggers.