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Court Orders Steve Jobs Deposed
The order stems from a monopoly maintenance suit lodged in 2005
By: Maureen O'Gara
Mar. 27, 2011 01:00 PM
California Magistrate Judge Howard Lloyd ordered that Steve Jobs, still on medical leave, be deposed for no more than two hours about the allegation that Apple made it impossible for the iPod to play music bought from RealNetworks' music store.
The judge figures Jobs has "unique, non-repetitive, firsthand knowledge."
The order stems from a monopoly maintenance suit lodged in 2005 over Apple's so-called FairPlay Digital Right Management software that allegedly overrode RealNetworks' Harmony technology restricting iPod downloads to Apple's iTunes store and only letting iTunes music play on iPods.
The now-discontinued FairPlay was ostensibly supposed to prevent piracy.
Jobs can only be questioned about changes Apple is said to have made to FairPlay in October of 2004.
Jobs has broken his medical leave to dine with Barack Obama and to introduce the iPad 2.
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