Not surprisingly, Apple yesterday fought a move by several news organizations to make public a two-hour video deposition recorded by former co-founder Steve Jobs in 2011.

In its rebuttal to a motion filed earlier in the week by the Associated Press, Bloomberg and CNN, Apple’s lawyers argued that releasing the video could discourage others from testifying if they knew that the resulting images would end up broadcast or used on the Internet.

“If Movants are correct that the ‘substantial public interest’ requires disclosure of a video record ‘only available to those fortunate enough to be in court that day,’ then the testimony of every witness who consensually sits for a video deposition in every litigation in this country will be affected by the knowledge that they, too, one day could be someone else’s ‘interest,’ and hence decline to appear for testimony,” Apple said in its motion.

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