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Apple rejects Apple claims

updated 10:10 am EST, Thu March 30, 2006

Apple rejects Apple claims

Apple today argued that virtually any "moron" could distinguish between its iTunes music distribution service and Apple Corps, the Beatles' record label. Lawyers for Apple asserted the company's right to distribute music through its iTunes music store, rejecting claims by Apple Corps Ltd. that doing so violated a 1991 trademark agreement, according to The Associated Press. Apple Computer's lawyer Anthony Grabiner said the "distribution of digital entertainment content" was permitted under the agreement, in which the two companies promised not to tread on the other's sphere of business, saying that "even a moron in a hurry" could distinguish between the computer company's online music business and a record label like Apple Corps. "Data transmission is within our field of use. That's what [the agreement] says and it is inescapable," he said. Yesterday, Apple Corps' lawyer Geoffrey Vos had said Apple Computer's music distribution business "was flatly contradictory to the provisions of the agreement."




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  1. Person Man

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Morons

    So we're all morons now, huh? :)

  1. t_hah

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Of course...

    Most people probably never heard of Apple Corps Ltd. The first time I heard about them was when they decided to sue Apple about this c***.

    Majority of the people think of Apple Computer when they think of Apple. Not many think about the Beatles record company anymore.

    Is this how they are trying to sell more Beatles records? Is this how they are trying to get free publicity?

  1. beeble

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    re: morons

    He didn't exclude the fact that others could see it too you know. He just set a very low bar of required intellect to decern the different between iTMS and Apple Corps. I'm well above that bar and you probably are too. But I think certain former members of a popular band did too many drugs in the 60's and fall short of that bar. After all, the lawyer is only acting under instruction.

  1. trevc

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Ummm...

    ... the moron theory is correct .... When I go looking for Beatles music I usually look under A....

    ;-)

  1. theBlend

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Plain Dumb.

    This whole situation is as dumb and meaningless as Tiger Direct's stupid lawsuit.

  1. Mr Kino

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Tiger Direct??

    what was that about?

  1. tindrum

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Tiger Direct

    Tiger Direct is an online computer seller. They claimed that Apple's Tiger operating system (OS X.4) caused confusion with their business' name, and sued Apple Computer.

  1. spyinthesky1

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    LSD

    'PERSON MAN' You are only a moron IF you can't distinguish between Apple computer and iTunes on one hand and Apple Corp on the other. If you can't then I presume you too must have been over zealous on the wacky backy since circa 1966. But hey thats your choice.

    Apple Corp hasn't even effectively operated as a record label since when the staff started liberally removing the furniture in the early seventies, it is purely a cash collector of the rights to the (predominantly) Beatles back catalogue- or at least that which it controls. If people really can't tell the difference then perhaps the cider makers ought to make a play to generate some cash on the basis they were there first with halucinating products. No this is all about improving the retirement fund for the remaining Beatles, their rich kids and countless hangers on.

  1. koolkid1976

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Apple Computer Apologize

    Apple Computer lawyer may need to apologize to those morons they offended with that statement. Sort of like that Geiko commercial. Anyone seen that? It's so funny. "It's so simple even a cave man could figure it out." Then he had to apologize to the cave men he didn't know still existed.

  1. boris_cleto

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    re:apple computer ap...

    I'll have the roast duck with mango salsa.

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