Lots of talk going on about the increasingly interesting lost iPhone that Gizmodo found.
A quick background, Gizmodo – a tech blog – paid $5000 for a prototype iPhone that someone found in a bar. It was a big deal for nerds who wanted to see the next iPhone (front facing camera, bigger battery, etc).
The problem is that Gizmodo might have committed a crime by buying property it knew wasn’t being sold by the owner. I’m not big on this area of the law, but that isn’t the part I want to focus on anyway.
The other interesting part of this story is that the Police have raided one of the blogger’s houses to find evidence suggesting he knew it was “stolen” property. The twist is that the blogger might try to argue a defense under a safe habor law the “California Shield Law” designed to protect journalists from giving up their sources for stories.
The reason this peaked my interest is that if he is allowed to use that argument, it would create a precedent that bloggers are legitimate journalists! Yes! Something I can add to the resume! (joke – or am I?) That would open up another batch of issues – what would constitute a journalistic blog? Would this count? Would my sister’s tumblr? Your facebook page?
Either way, lots of fun legal precedent could be decided – all because some drunk employee left an iPhone in a bar!
If this interests you, you can check out a more in depth write up over at Mashable.