Jobs To Be Deposed In Antitrust Suit Against Apple

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS/AP) — Apple Inc. CEO Steve Jobs, who is currently out on medical leave, will be deposed to testify in an antitrust suit related to its iPod music players and iTunes store.

CNET Editor-at-Large Brian Cooley Comments in today’s Tech Watch:

In a Monday filing in the U.S. district court for the Northern District of California in San Jose, Magistrate Judge Howard R.  Lloyd ordered Jobs could answer questions about RealNetworks Inc.’s Harmony technology, which in 2004 briefly allowed songs sold by RealNetworks’ online music store to be played on iPods, despite the existence of FairPlay encryption technology Apple used at the time to prevent this. Apple issued a software update shortly thereafter that disabled this interoperability.

The order stems from a 2005 class action suit filed against Apple, alleging its use of FairPlay gave it a monopoly on the digital player and audio download markets.

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