Apple’s late CEO Steve Jobs may be heard by the jury in the DOJ versus Apple ebook case.
His biographer, Walter Isaacson, has been subpoenaed by the DOJ. The plaintiffs want to play recordings of Isaacson’s interviews with Jobs made when writing the book. They are also requesting that other notes from interviews are made available.
DOJ representative Steve Berman wrote to US District Judge Denise Cote saying: “Mr. Isaacson conducted numerous interviews during the time Mr. Jobs was involved in negotiating Apple’s entry into the ebook market. Mr. Jobs discussed Apple’s e-book strategy and negotiations with Mr. Isaacson,” reports Business Week.
In response Cote said: “The plaintiff may renew its application when it can show that it meets the test for disclosure of non-confidential material.”
In contrast, the biography has been left out of the battle between Samsung and Apple. Apple requested that jurors in the Samsung versus Apple case should not be exposed to Walter Isaacson’s Steve Jobs biography. US District Judge Lucy Koh agreed, stating that the material is irrelevant to the jury's evaluation, saying: "I really don't think this is a trial about Steve Jobs."