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Apple vs. Apple goes to court this week

updated 09:20 pm EST, Sun March 26, 2006

Apple vs. Apple in court

Apple is going to court this week to fight a lawsuit over its logo. Apple Corps, owned by the former Beatles and their heirs, is suing the Cupertino-based computer company for breaching a $26 million settlement in 1991-- under which Apple Computer agreed to steer clear of the music business, according to The Times. In that settlement, Apple Corps was awarded rights to the name on "creative works whose principal content is music" while Apple Computer was allowed "goods and services . . . used to reproduce, run, play or otherwise deliver such content." The report notes that agreement also prevented Apple from distributing content on physical media: "Critically, however, the agreement prevented Apple Computer from distributing content on physical media. This was designed to cover CDs and tapes, but it is unclear whether it included later inventions such as digital music files or devices used to play them."

Apple Computer will argue that its immensely popular iTunes Music Store is a data transmission service to fight the prospect of damages that could approach tens of millions of pounds, according to the report. It could also argue that it uses the 'iTunes' moniker to brand the music service and that its iPod is simply a data storage device.

Scheduled to begin on Wednesday in London's High Court of Justice, it will be the third time the companies have met over use of the Apple logo. The case has been pending since Apple Corps brought the current lawsuit in 2003.

Originally, Apple Corps sued Apple Computer in 1981 over the use of its logo and won a $80,000 settlement, which included a promise to stay out of the music business. However, Apple in 1989 introduced a music-making program that forced the companies to more clearly outline the scope of the initial agreement, prompting the aforementioned $26 million settlement, which Apple Corps now claims Apple Computer has violated.




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  1. - - e r i k - -

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    We want MONEY!

    I guess they spent the 26 million already. We all know Apple Corps. is a money-hole.

  1. Horsepoo!!!

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    ...

    May the best company win.

  1. macuser

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Greed vs. Asceticism

    It seems that Apple Computer is more of a facilitator while Apple Corps is an anihilator.

    Apple Computer is in the computer, software, and accessories business, not in the music business at all. Apple Computer doesn't even have a music label production of its own to compete with Apple Corps. What's so hard to see this distinction? Apple Computer is doing nothing to hurt the Beatles fame and music. After a remarkable and successful return of Apple Computer, Apple Corps is getting greedy more than ever and wants to take a bite of Apple's money making pie.

    Apple Corps should be grateful and honored for Apple Computer to use the Apple logo and they should consider focus on selling their songs on iTunes. If they could be more ascetic in their business practices and focus on their products to attract consumers as Apple Computer has done, they could gain respect and earn deserving rewards. Apple Corps, knock it off and quit whining!

  1. DarkVader

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    ok...

    So, your hollow earth/pedophilia stuff is obviously the ravings of a lunatic...

    But that file appears to be the very real source code to System 7.1 - code name "cube-e".

    WTF?

  1. Mike Richardson

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Wow.

    this looks legit. look at the references. you can't make this s*** up.

  1. tliszt

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    "Apple" copyright-able?

    Orange is the name of a color. It is also a fruit. Apple is also the name of a fruit. How can a simple word be patented or licensed? Seems absurd to me. Besides Apple (Computer) does not have a record label or represented music artists.

    I think that Apple (Beatles) is greedy and is merely an example of capitalism at its worst.

  1. Mike Richardson

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Who cares.

    Who cares. System 7.1 is leaked!

  1. ZachTheMacJunkie

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    Possible riddle?

    I belive the hollow earth/pedophilia stuff is some sort of riddle/clue to were hes gonna next post information/upload stuff.

    "My podcasts and articles will be flowing"

  1. Ikon

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    dead

    Apple CorpsE is dead.

    The trial is the burial.

  1. Gabriel Morales

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    Wrong...

    This abuse from Apple Records has been wrong since the beginning. I hope this case clarifies the imbecility of the whole thing and Apple Records leaves Apple Computer, with whom they only share the name of a fruit eaten throughout the world and named long before either company came to be, alone for good.

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