U.S. Congressmen Rick Boucher and Mike Pence along with other House representatives are pushing to give bloggers the same legal protection as offline journalists.
As the law exists today, bloggers are open to attack by large corporate entities that have vast resources to exercise legal power.
Called the Free Flow of Information Act of 2007, Boucher plans to provide the same federal protection to most bloggers, provided that they show some form of journalism, which is defined in the new bill. Last year several Apple-oriented news sites became targets of a litigation-happy Apple. Apple argued that writers for AppleInsider, MacNN and PowerPage.org were "not true journalists" -- a theory that was later rejected by a panel of judges. Eventually Apple dropped its legal battle and the sites in question were left free to continue with their business.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has been fighting for the free flow of information for the last several years. The organization involves itself in many issues concerning sources of information and their rights to remain confidential. Boucher voiced the same opinions, indicating that journalists and bloggers should be allowed to keep their sources confidential.