How’s this for a secret scandal? Apparently Steve Jobs provided a deposition during a music court case, and now Apple is fighting tooth and nail to stop it becoming public. The Hollywood Reporter claims that F.B.T. Productions, who helped produce a number of Eminem recordings, went after Universal Music Group’s Aftermath Records over if digital music counted as licensing or sales. During this trial, part of the evidence was a deposition by Steve Jobs, which was so hush-hush that the court was basically shut down to hear it:
Among the evidence being sought is a deposition of Steve Jobs, which when it was first produced, led to the extraordinary move by the judge of ordering most everyone out of the courtroom, including UMG’s employees…When Jobs’ deposition was played before the jury, the judge also closed the courtroom, ordered many people to leave and had the transcripts from the trial sessions filed under seal.
Now, another group of musicians is bringing a class action against UMG, and Apple is fighting from this information becoming public, claiming it contains “highly confidential and proprietary trade secrets.”
See, now I’m just intrigued. What in the hell could Jobs have said that was so secret it needs to be kept under lock and key like that?