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Tuesday, 22 March 2011 15:18

Steve Jobs dragged into court

Written by Nick Farell
apple

Anti-trust allegations
The fruity purveyor of broken iDreams, Steve Jobs is about to be dragged from his sick bed to face questioning in court over what lawyers claim are anti-trust antics.

Steve is off sick at the moment, but a federal judge has ordered him to submit to questioning in an antitrust case. The case is connected to the iTunes walled garden of delights and the Judge is being asked to consider if it constitutes a music downloading monopoly.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Howard R. Lloyd, is overseeing the proceedings on a complaint that was taken to the courts back in 2005. Jobs’ deposition will not exceed two hours and questions must be limited to issues surrounding software changes Apple made in October 2004 that prevented music purchased from RealNetworks from working with the iPod.

IN 2004 Realnetworks announced in July 2004 that music purchased from its Harmony online store would work with the iPod. However five days afterwards Apple upgraded its iPod software by tweaking Apple’s FairPlay. This blocked RealNetworks content from working.

In 2005 when iTunes customer Thomas Slattery filed a complaint following the FairPlay update, claiming that Apple illegally limited the competition by locking iPod users into being iTunes customers as well. Charges related to Apple’s refusal to license FairPlay and Jobs' decision to use the software to link iTunes with the iPod were chucked out in 2009.


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+21 #1 nECrO 2011-03-22 17:06
Sounds a lot like went on with Microsoft and Netscape. Just goes to prove my point that Steve Jobs and Apple are as greedy and crooked as Microsoft ever was.
 
 
+18 #2 Sodomy 2011-03-22 17:43
Quoting nECrO:
Sounds a lot like with went on with Microsoft and Netscape. Just goes to prove my point that Steve Jobs and Apple are as greedy and crooked as Microsoft ever was.


the difference being that gates wanted to get rich to give everything to 3rd world contries (he didn't just decide to start giving when he retired, he has been doing it for a long long time now). Jobs wants to get richer so he can increase the class divisions (seriously he has bajillions of dollars what other reasons are there, apart from wanting to swim in a pool of 100 bills)
 
 
0 #3 dicobalt 2011-03-22 20:07
The magic made him do it.
 
 
+20 #4 yasin 2011-03-22 20:18
I had a dream, but then Steve Jobs stole it and patented it.
 
 
+3 #5 fuadzilla 2011-03-22 20:45
may our merciful lord lay his jobs to rest in peace. amen. 8)
 
 
-13 #6 kartikkg 2011-03-22 21:45
there are tons of other mp3 players ! without using itunes , this case is non sense
 
 
-8 #7 Ken Fused 2011-03-23 02:58
Not being to play someone's content is incentive to buy the competitor's product. So, exactly where does the antitrust come in?
 
 
+3 #8 Fud_u 2011-03-23 07:40
Sigh... Don't know why people r still feeding money into a company that only knows itself. I hope Jobs get butt hurt.
 
 
+4 #9 Fud_u 2011-03-23 07:42
Quoting nECrO:
Sounds a lot like went on with Microsoft and Netscape. Just goes to prove my point that Steve Jobs and Apple are as greedy and crooked as Microsoft ever was.

Actually, Apple are more greedy than MS. MS and Windows is very open to business and third party developer unlike Apple, Mac, and the rest of the iCrap.
 

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