A digital royalties class action against Universal Music Group by artists including Rob Zombie and the estate of Rick James has aroused the ire of Apple. How? The plaintiffs want to see trial exhibits, expert reports and depositions from the separate case involving Eminem’s producers F.B.T. Productions and UMG subsidiary Aftermath Records. And the depositions include evidence given by the late Apple CEO Steve Jobs and iTunes exec Eddy Cue. Apple has filed an objection to the depositions being made available, noting that they contain “highly confidential and proprietary trade secrets”. The Hollywood Reporter notes that when originally taken, “many individuals, including UMG employees, were sent out of the room”. Needless to say, if Apple’s objection fails and the depositions become public, they will be required reading for the rest of the industry.

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