Judge rules videotaped Steve Jobs deposition to remain sealed

“After successfully defending a long-running antitrust case related to the iPod and iTunes ecosystem, Apple on Wednesday won a separate fight to keep videotaped deposition from late company cofounder Steve Jobs sealed,” Mikey Campbell reports for AppleInsider.

“District Court Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers sided with both Apple and plaintiffs in her ruling, saying Jobs’ testimony in the iPod iTunes antitrust case, taped months before his death in 2011, should not be handled as judicial record and will therefore not be made public,” Campbell reports. “If the video were to have been submitted as evidence, or if parties in the case did not object to its dissemination, today’s ruling “‘might be different,”‘ Judge Gonzales Rogers said. ”

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  1. Oh boy what a great concept the judge is putting forth but I’m sure the media moguls will be appealing this one to the top man, I think it’s Dick Cheney who organizes those special trips to Guatanamo Bay and surely a special visit will convince the judge to change her mind. Don’t matter if the judge is innocent. It’s the new American way. Mission accomplished.

  2. When there is a traffic accident on a highway, there is usually a major mile-long congestion around the point of accident, and it is in both directions, even though all the lanes in the opposite direction are clear and open. There is a special word in American vernacular for the cause for this: rubbernecking. People will slow down, even stop (if they can) to watch for mangled bodies, dead, dismembered, or injured people. I’m not sure where this fascination comes from, but it seems to be quite prevalent.

    It looks like the wide global audiences won’t get a chance to oogle the frail and dying Steve Jobs after all. To the dismay of so many who were morbidly curious at the prospect of catching a glimpse of a man in his final months, not to mention the major disappointment of those standing to reap massive profits on distribution of that video, the court has decided that the appearance someone made in the court, be it in person, or via a video recording, cannot leave the court, except as an artist’s rendering, or court stenographer’s verbatim transcript.

    The morbidly curious will have to satisfy their curiosity somewhere else (and I’m sure there will be plenty of road accidents to gawk at anyway).

    1. Apparently, there is at least one ‘rubbernecker’ who is unhappy that he won’t be able to see a video of dying Steve (judging by that ‘1-star’ vote here…).

      I’m sure there are plenty of us MDN readers here who are happy that the video remains sealed in court.

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