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Apple vs. Apple ok\'d in California

updated 08:30 am EST, Wed March 31, 2004

Apple vs. Apple in CA

, a U.S. judge has ruled, the Los Angeles Times (free subscription required) reports. Apple Corps, a company owned by Beatles members and their families, filed suit against Apple Computer last year, alleging the iTunes Music Store violates a 1991 agreement between the two companies. Apple Computer for its part denies that allegation, which was filed in a London court, and responded by filing suit against Apple Corps in a California court requesting that a judge rule that Apple Computer has not in fact violated that agreement.




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  1. trevc

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    enough already

    I wish this would end ... I'd never agree that any damage to Apple Records has been done by Apple doing anything with music on their computers/software, however there IS a signed agreement somewhere.

    I've always been told, 'Don't sign it unless you're committed!'. I'm not into the legal side of things but I know if I signed a contract I'd be held to it!

    They've basically bought themselves out of this before with them, leave 'em alone!

  1. z10n

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Yea

    Who the h*** knew what apple corps was before this lawsuit? Does apple corps even do anything proactively with music, other then support the Beatles?

    I just can't stand companies like this that sue themselves into relevancy. Look at SCO, same thing there.

  1. Faizon318

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Dont know about u


    So let me get this right .. the Beatles did not invent the IPOD ???

    Thank god for lawyers for clearing this up !!

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Re: enough

    I wish this would end ... I'd never agree that any damage to Apple Records has been done by Apple doing anything with music on their computers/software, however there IS a signed agreement somewhere.

    I've always been told, 'Don't sign it unless you're committed!'. I'm not into the legal side of things but I know if I signed a contract I'd be held to it!


    Apple's argument is that they haven't violated the agreement that they signed, not that they want to void the contract or try to squirm out of it.

  1. msconvert

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Hmm

    It's a hard time to be both an Apple and Beatle fan.

  1. groundwork

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    re: Hmmm

    Why, does being a fan of something mean that you aren't allowed to think rationally?

  1. JNI

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    The Beatles Rock!

    [i]Who the h*** knew what apple corps was before this lawsuit? Does apple corps even do anything proactively with music, other then support the Beatles?

    I just can't stand companies like this that sue themselves into relevancy. Look at SCO, same thing there.[/i]

    Well, probably anyone that was born more than 20 years ago would know about Apple Records. I grew up with the Beatles, and have always known about Apple Records. The Beatles are still the biggest selling pop band of all time (37 platinum albums!), and most music historians would agree that the Beatles are probably the most important pop music group of the 20th century. Today's modern bands owe a tremendous amount to The Boys, and still cover their tunes all the time. If you understood anything about modern music history you would know just how much they influenced the music scene of even today.

    The bottom line is that the two Apples made a legal agreement, and both sides have a right to have their day in court.

    I just wish this would all get settled once an for all. I hate to see two of my favorite companies arguing. I'd love to see the Beatles music available on ITMS. I'd love to see co-promotions between the two. They both stand for excellence, innovation and revolution in their respective fields.

    Forever Beatles! Forever Apple Computers!

  1. porieux

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Apple Corp

    Apple Corp is nothing but a leech organization that was put together to siphon the Beatles money from them. The Beatles catalog is owned by EMI, not Apple Corp. The only time you will ever hear about Apple Corp is a logo on a release like a CD or DVD, but that's about it.

  1. JNI

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Not quite

    Apple Corp is nothing but a leech organization that was put together to siphon the Beatles money from them. The Beatles catalog is owned by EMI, not Apple Corp. The only time you will ever hear about Apple Corp is a logo on a release like a CD or DVD, but that's about it.

    I've think you've got that backwards. Apple Corps is owned by Paul, Ringo, and the widows of John and George. It was founded by the members in 1968 to try to help promote unsigned artists, and to market various Beatles stuff, like films, books, posters, jewelry, clothing etc. that were outside of the realm of the sale of records that were mostly controlled by Capitol (now owned by EMI) and Parlophone (the early years). Apple Records (part of Apple Corps) was the label that released the White Album and Hey Jude. EMI is just a huge record company that manufactures and distributes some of the recordings and no doubt sends as little of that revenue as possible to The Boys and their families. Apple Corps is the place that the money for any 'new' Beatles projects goes, like the whole Anthology CD and DVD series, which have been hugely successful. Apple Corps has been very active over the past few years.

    No doubt this is a bunch of lawyer stuff. But they are lawyers hired by the company that is owned by the band members. I imagine they represent the artist's interests more than a record company like EMI.

  1. porieux

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    re: Not quite

    Your explanation is not consistent with the history I have read of the company.

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