Steve Jobs' Deposition Video Won't Be Released

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Video of Steve Jobs' deposition in the just-wrapped iPod class-action lawsuit will not be released to the public, a California judge has decided. A federal jury decided last week that Apple did not freeze-out its competition by selling products with copy-protection software. Jobs' deposition, which was taped six months before his 2011 death, was submitted by the plaintiffs.

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The Associated Press, Bloomberg and CNN were among the news outlets seeking access to the video, however, Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers found that because it was used in Jobs' absence, and not "admitted into evidence as an exhibit," it fails to qualify as live testimony. Notably, the court cited the Eighth Circuit decision regarding a deposition video featuring former President Bill Clinton. Via AppleInsider:

Here, the Court agrees with the Eighth Circuit and concludes that the Jobs Deposition is not a judicial record. It was not admitted into evidence as an exhibit. Instead, the Jobs Deposition was merely presented in lieu of live testimony due to the witness's unavailability, and was and should be treated in the same manner as any other live testimony offered at trial. As is typical of all live testimony, it is properly made available to the public through its initial courtroom presentation and, subsequently, via the official court transcript, the latter of which is the judicial record of such testimony.

In its decision, the court argued that releasing video depositions could discourage future witnesses from testifying in the future. It also stated that it was an open trial, and that Jobs' testimony was treated the same as any of the live witnesses.


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