News outlets file a motion to make Steve Jobs video deposition from 2011 on iPod DRM antitrust lawsuit public

image Steve Jobs and iPod

According to a report from CNET, Associated Press, Bloomberg and CNN have filed a joint motion in the court to make Steve Jobs video deposition on the iPod DRM antitrust lawsuit public. 

The two-hour long video deposition was shot in 2011 — just months before Steve Jobs died because of pancreatic cancer.

Attorney Thomas Burke, who is representing all the three media houses, argues that since a transcript of the deposition is already public, the video should also be made public. He even said that the video deposition would be “far more compelling and accurate than any transcript could ever be.”

“Given the substantial public interest in the rare posthumous appearance of Steve Jobs in this trial, there simply is no interest that justifies restricting the public’s access to his video deposition,” attorney Thomas Burke, who is representing all three media organizations, wrote in the filing Monday.

Apple had requested Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers to treat Jobs video deposition as a “regular testimony,” which meant that it could only be viewed by those present inside the court. The deposition, however, has not yet been sealed by the judge, which means that there is still a chance of making it public through a motion.

Burke had made an official request to Apple on Sunday, but his request was shot down by Apple’s lead attorney Bill Isaacson, who said that the company “does not consent to your request. We are preparing a substantive response to your points and will get that to you tonight hopefully.”

It was only earlier today that the two plaintiffs in the iPod DRM lawsuit were found to be illegitimate, but Judge Rogers has still decided to continue with the lawsuit.