FORTUNE -- The first thing you learned when you sat down with Steve Jobs was that the interview was off the record. And it stayed off the record. No matter how innocuous the quote, no matter how much time had passed, Apple (AAPL) public relations wouldn't let you use it.
So it doesn't surprise me to learn from a story Monday in the Hollywood Reporter that Jobs insisted that the room be cleared before he gave a deposition in a 2010 case about the terms of Apple's deal with Emminem's music publisher. Or that the courtroom was cleared before that deposition was read to the jury. Or that the judge ordered the transcript sealed.
Now the estate of Rick James and other plaintiffs are trying to use that depostion in a separate lawsuit. It may well be, as Apple claims, that the depositions Jobs and Apple VP Eddy Cue gave two years ago are "highly confidential" and contain "proprietary trade secrets" about Apple's relationships with the music labels.
But it almost doesn't matter. Apple's lawyers are going to fight their release for as long as it takes.
3 of the big 4 music labels have reportedly agreed to plant their content on Apple's server farms
On Wednesday, CNET's Greg Sandoval reported that Apple (AAPL) had persuaded EMI and Warner Music (WMG) to be part of its widely anticipated -- but as yet unannounced -- streaming music service (see here).
Now, in an item that moved on the Bloomberg newswire late Thursday, Andy Fixmer and Adam Satariano report that Sony MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - May 20, 2011 10:59 AM ET
Google and Amazon suffer a setback as the music industry, once again, puts its trust in Steve Jobs
CNET's Greg Sandoval, who reported last month that Warner Music (WMG) had signed a deal with Apple (AAPL) to make its content library available on a new music streaming service, broke the news late Thursday that EMI had also come on board and that deals with Sony (SNE) and Universal could be wrapped MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - May 19, 2011 7:56 AM ET
This is one in a series of articles leading up to Fortune Brainstorm Tech, which takes place July 22-24 in Aspen, Colo. The articles will look back at the progress of companies that presented at Brainstorm in 2009 as well as look forward to those that will present this year.
By Shelley DuBois, reporter
Music videos fall into that category of much-loved content on the Internet that has companies scrambling to turn MOREJul 2, 2010 10:58 AM ET
The camera crew is setting up for our interview, and Jimmy Iovine wants me to listen to something on his iPod.
The chairman of Universal Music Group's Interscope Geffen A&M Records is holding forth about how great his Beats Solo headphones sound; and as the overlord of a music empire that includes Black Eyed Peas, Lady Gaga, Eminem, and U2, he should know. He hands them to me and nudges the MOREJon Fortt - Oct 14, 2009 7:00 AM ET
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