OAKLAND, Calif. — Top Apple executives were on the witness stand Thursday, contesting class-action lawyers’ contentions that the company’s copy-protection scheme was anti-competitive and illegal.
It was the third day of testimony in a long-running antitrust class-action suit that has finally headed to a trial. Plaintiffs representing a class of resellers and consumers say Apple’s digital rights management (DRM) shut out competitors and illegally raised prices.
First up was iTunes chief Eddy Cue, who repeatedly pointed out that Apple didn’t want DRM on its music at all. But big record labels wouldn’t participate in an online music marketplace unless DRM was present, he said.
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