4 Minute Roundup: Legal Implications of Gizmodo iPhone Caper

    by Mark Glaser
    April 30, 2010
    Gizmodo editor Jason Chen shows off the next-generation iPhone. His house was raided by police and computers were confiscated.

    Here’s the latest 4MR audio report from MediaShift. In this week’s edition I focus on the brouhaha surrounding Gizmodo obtaining a next-generation prototype of the Apple iPhone. The tech blog paid $5,000 for the prototype, took it apart, and then returned it to Apple. But police raided Gizmodo editor Jason Chen’s house and took away computers, hard drives and cameras, a move that Gawker Media says was not legal. The case brings up questions of journalistic integrity and might affect how the shield law for bloggers progresses in Congress, according to MediaShift legal correspondent Jeffrey Neuburger.

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    Listen to my entire interview with Jeff Neuburger:


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    Background music is “What the World Needs” by the The Ukelele Hipster Kings via PodSafe Music Network.

    Here are some links to related sites and stories mentioned in the podcast:

    This Is Apple’s Next iPhone at Gizmodo

    The Tale of Apple’s Next iPhone at Gizmodo

    The iPhone Leak Gets Ugly – Police Raid Gizmodo Editor’s House, Confiscate Computers at TechCrunch

    The Gizmodo Warrant – Searching Journalists in the Terabyte Age at Freedom to Tinker blog

    OverREACTing – Dissecting the Gizmodo Warrant at EFF

    Don’t Prosecute Gizmodo for the iPhone That Walked Into a Bar at Slate

    Police poised to expand iPhone prototype probe at CNET

    Journalist shield law may not halt iPhone probe at CNET

    Also, be sure to vote in our poll about what you think about the Gizmodo iPhone story:

    Mark Glaser is executive editor of MediaShift and Idea Lab. He also writes the bi-weekly OPA Intelligence Report email newsletter for the Online Publishers Association. He lives in San Francisco with his son Julian. You can follow him on Twitter @mediatwit.

    Tagged: apple eff gawker gizmodo iphone jason chen
    • The Gizmodo story caused a blaze in the media when news of a possible iPhone prototype spread like wild fire. Anytime news can excite that’s a good thing because it gets people talking and gets them involved. Really like the way your twitter page is organized. The power of HTNL wow

    • The technology development nowadays is brilliant. Once a new things/stuff is introduce, there will a newest stuff afterward, and much problem (perhaps) come to in using the stuff..

      I do have the Iphone several months ago but it starting to broke just after I use it in 2 MONTHS only. I got fedup and get tired with new stuff until now. Just use my ordinary cell phone only.

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