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With the websites contesting Apple's claims, the case could be a landmark. But it could also leave most bloggers' legal doubts unresolved. "People are still feeling their way on this issue," says Rebecca MacKinnon, a former CNN correspondent turned blog scholar. She feels courts will probably have to decide on a case-by-case basis whether blogging is journalism or just a hobby.

That uncertainty might not faze intrepid bloggers, but it could chill the people who give them scoops. "So long as it's uncertain whether there's a journalist privilege for bloggers," says Volokh, "you could imagine sources not wanting to talk to bloggers."

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