Major news outlets seek permission to broadcast Steve Jobs deposition in iTunes antitrust suit

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in General Discussion edited December 2014
Three major news organizations have filed a motion to release footage of a deposition from Steve Jobs shown in court last week, citing "substantial public interest" in rare footage of the late Apple co-founder.

Steve Jobs


Lawyers representing the Associated Press, Bloomberg and CNN filed the motion on Sunday, arguing there is no reason to keep the video hidden from the public. The footage shows Jobs giving testimony for an antitrust suit targeting Apple's iPod and iTunes ecosystem.

Both Apple and the plaintiffs in the antitrust case have asked the court to treat the video as "regular testimony," preventing it from being shown outside the court, but Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers has not sealed the evidence. The media outlets' efforts to make the video public were noted by CNet on Tuesday.

The deposition which was first taped in 2011 aired in court last Friday. In it, the late Apple chief executive was said to be evasive, saying that he didn't "know" or "remember" certain details dozens of times.

The lawsuit targets Apple's use of digital rights management, locking song purchases to be used only on Apple hardware while also preventing outside content from being transferred to iPods. The lawsuit dates back to 2005, and applies to iPod models bought between Sept. 12 2006 and March 31, 2009, and could cost Apple up to $1 billion.

The complaint originally centered around RealNetworks and Apple's efforts to block songs from its storefront from being transferred to iPods. In his 2011 testimony, Jobs was asked about the long-defunct RealNetworks, to which he quipped: "Do they still exist?"

One of the key arguments in the lawsuit revolves around an iTunes update allegedly pushed out to break compatibility with Harmony, a technology created by Real that allowed users to playback non-iTunes music on iPod. Plaintiffs allege that Apple sought to create a monopoly by implementing a closed ecosystem with FairPlay DRM on the iPod and iTunes Music Store.

Song purchases from iTunes were restricted by DRM until December of 2009, when Apple successfully negotiated a deal with record labels to remove DRM from music purchases.

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  • Reply 1 of 16
    ifij775ifij775 Posts: 470member
    More likely it's an opportunity for news outlets to portray a successful American negatively.
  • Reply 2 of 16

    No, no. They can show Stanford Commencement footage if they want video.

  • Reply 3 of 16
    Reminds me of this...

  • Reply 4 of 16
    boredumbboredumb Posts: 1,416member

    I don't much care how they try to spin it - that's just what they do...

    But I've been thinking since this "testimony" was first mentioned in an article here 

    that I'd very much like to hear what he had to say.

    I don't think that makes me ghoulish or disrespectful...

    Just nostalgic.

  • Reply 5 of 16
    dnd0psdnd0ps Posts: 253member
    **** Steve Jobs!! Evil Corporate America is oppressing the people!! Apple is DOOMED!!!
  • Reply 6 of 16
    maestro64maestro64 Posts: 4,658member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by boredumb View Post

     

    I don't much care how they try to spin it - that's just what they do...

    But I've been thinking since this "testimony" was first mentioned in an article here 

    that I'd very much like to hear what he had to say.

    I don't think that makes me ghoulish or disrespectful...

    Just nostalgic.


     

    Your not missing anything, I have been deposed and found that most lawyers have no idea about what they are asking and when their questions do not lead you down their golden path they get very confused. 

     

    It sounds like in the Job deposition, the lawyers were fishing and did not asked specific enough questions to pin Job down so he was able to say he did not recall. Lawyers ask questions which they make you think they already know the answer to and they do not and the hope you will tell them something they should know. Jobs gave them none of that.

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    Originally Posted by otterfish View Post



    Reminds me of this...




    This video makes my point above, notice how Gates just twisted the lawyer around.

     

    I like the definition of killer app, one they promotes sales of hardware, interesting since MS did not sell hardware. I also say that MS made software which made old hardware obsolete. This is why they did not care is their code was inefficient 

  • Reply 7 of 16
    fracfrac Posts: 480member
    boredumb wrote: »
    I don't much care how they try to spin it - that's just what they do...
    But I've been thinking since this "testimony" was first mentioned in an article here 
    that I'd very much like to hear what he had to say.
    I don't think that makes me ghoulish or disrespectful...
    Just nostalgic.

    Well the full transcript of the deposition is available, so this is just hubristic entitlement by the media, mawkishly raking over the suffering of a man dying from advanced cancer.
    "Substantial public interest" meh. It's despicable.
  • Reply 8 of 16
    mj webmj web Posts: 918member
    An excerpt from my book written in 2003 reflects this era in real time...
    http://www.mjweber.com/page1/assets/InvasionPrivacy-09.pdf
  • Reply 9 of 16
    frac wrote: »
    Well the full transcript of the deposition is available, so this is just hubristic entitlement by the media, mawkishly raking over the suffering of a man dying from advanced cancer.
    "Substantial public interest" meh. It's despicable.

    The only "interest" is them having something to show on TV. Bloody grave robbers.
  • Reply 10 of 16
    jungmarkjungmark Posts: 6,716member
    Sometimes media can be scummy. They are trying to monetize the video. Shameful.
  • Reply 11 of 16
    Quote:


    ...asked about the long-defunct RealNetworks....


     

    Wikipedia seems to think they still exist, and were even making acquisitions as of last year (2013).  Perhaps they don't "own" the streaming data market anymore, but they do seem to exist.  Doing something.

  • Reply 12 of 16
    I'm OK with this so long as a hologram of Steve Jobs can take the stand¡
  • Reply 13 of 16
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    Originally Posted by TheWhiteFalcon View Post

     

    No, no. They can show Stanford Commencement footage if they want video.




    "Substantial public interest" = "We want to make more money off SJ's celebrity status"

  • Reply 14 of 16
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    Originally Posted by SolipsismY View Post



    I'm OK with this so long as a hologram of Steve Jobs can take the stand¡



    Only if preceded by the Tupac Shakur "hologram" and followed by Jem and the Holograms.

  • Reply 15 of 16
    solipsismysolipsismy Posts: 5,099member

    Only if preceded by the Tupac Shakur "hologram".

    His hologram is being subpoenaed regarding some unsolved shootings.
  • Reply 16 of 16

    These News organizations don't give rats ass to what people want. It's just another way of making $$ by showing Ads!

     

    I am sure google loves this ... watching SJ .... buy viagra online no prescription is required .... :smokey: 

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