In the recent iPod trial against Apple, a video deposition of the late Steve Jobs was showing during the trial, the deposition was originally taken back in 2011, just six months before Steve Jobs passed away.
A number of major medial outlets, including Bloomberg, CNN and the Associated Press has requested that the video be released, and now the judge dealing with the case has ruled that it will not be released.
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 the video, Steve Jobs talked about the DRM policies of Apple’s and iTunes and also the company preventing non iTunes music from being played on iPods.