San Jose, Calif. – Apple (NASD: AAPL) CEO Steve Jobs has been ordered to
testify in an antitrust lawsuit brought against the company in 2005 over its
FairPlay digital rights management (DRM) software, Bloomberg reported.
consumer class action suit alleges that Apple’s FairPlay unfairly made songs
purchased at the time from its iTunes Store unplayable on mobile devices other
than the company’s own iPod.
At the same time, iPods could not play songs
purchased from RealNetworks’ music store.
Attorneys had argued that Jobs, who
is currently on a medical leave of absence from Apple, had already provided sufficient
But U.S. Magistrate Judge Howard Lloyd ruled Monday that Jobs can be
deposed for up to two hours as part of the lawsuit.