According to reports, Apple doesn't want to hand over depositions from late CEO Steve Jobs and vice president of internet software and services Eddy Cue, as part of a class action case against Universal Music Group.
Apple claims the documents are "highly confidential and proprietary trade secrets" because they relate to Apple's business relationships with Universal Music Group and other record labels.
The request was made as part of a class action case against Universal Music Group bought by a number of musicians. The documents that they are requesting have already previously been used in a case between F.B.T. Productions, producers of Eminem records, and Universal Music Group division Aftermath Records.
In the Eminem case Apple insisted that most of the people involved in the case were sent out of the room during the depositions, claiming that knowledge of the contents could lead to "competitive harm", according to Hollywood Reporter.
Regarding the new case, Apple claims that the plaintiffs haven't shown how the requested documents are relevant.
The Eminem case has determined that the plaintiff was correct in asserting that a contract between the parties should be read as treating digital music as "licenses" rather than "sales." That case is due to go to trial.
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