first_imgIn January, Steve Jobs was granted a medical leave of absence by the Board of Directors for Apple. This medical leave followed a previous one back in 2009 during which the CEO received a liver transplant. Apparently, the medical leave is not going to keep Jobs from being required to answer questions as part of a class-action lawsuit brought against Apple and its iTunes music store.In July 2004, RealNetworks attempted to compete head-to-head with iTunes over iPod owners through the use of a workaround technology called Harmony. The technology allowed iPod owners to transfer music purchased from the company’s music store to their device. Before Harmony, iPod owners only had this capability with iTunes, but this new capability was short-lived. In October 2004, Apple released an update which killed the ability for iPod owners to continue to use Harmony.AdChoices广告As a result of this move, Thomas Slattery and other iPod owners filed a class-action lawsuit in 2005 accusing Apple of having a music store monopoly with iTunes. The lawsuit alleges that Apple broke federal antitrust laws in addition to California’s unfair competition law because it required iPod owners to listen to music purchased only from iTunes.That lawsuit chalked up a victory recently when U.S. Magistrate Judge Howard R. Lloyd opened the door for Apple’s CEO, Steve Jobs, to be questioned. Jobs will be questioned for up to two hours, but those questions must be limited to what the CEO knew about the October 2004 iPod update which killed the ability for the Harmony technology to work. Lawyers for Slattery had hoped to expand the questioning to include why Apple refused to license its FairPlay DRM technology which would have eliminated the need for Harmony. That scope of questioning was denied by the judge since claims involving the licensing of FairPlay were dismissed as part of the lawsuit in December 2009.Read more at Bloomberglast_img read more