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Apple wins logo lawsuit against Beatles

updated 07:25 am EDT, Mon May 8, 2006

Apple wins logo lawsuit

Apple Computer has won the right to use the Apple logo and brand in conjuncion with iTunes. The Cupertino-based company prevailed in a lawsuit against a suit filed by Apple Corps, the Beatles' music company. Apple Corps had alleged that Apple Computer had broke a 1991 agreement by using the Apple logo and brand in association with its popular music-related products, the iPod and iTunes, according to Macworld UK: "The British company, still owned by former Beatles Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, along with the widow of John Lennon and the estate of George Harrison, wanted to win an injunction to prevent Apple Computer using the Apple logo in connection with its iPod and iTunes products. The judge didn't agree. Mann this morning said that the association between the logo use and the download service is a "proper one", and that the logo was clearly used in relation to the service, not to the music." Apple Corps said it would appeal the decision, while Apple CEO Steve Jobs said he hopes to work something out rather than continue the battle.

"We are glad to put this disagreement behind us," Jobs said. "We have always loved the Beatles, and hopefully we can now work together to get them on the iTunes Music Store," Jobs said.




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  1. doctor9

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    YAHOO!

    Biggest bunch of rubbish in the first place. Start selling those Beatles songs now!

  1. cebritt

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Apple Corps needs...

    ...to make love, not war. Apple could be their best friend and make them lots of money with iTunes.

  1. jarod

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -1

    Awesome!

    It's about time someone put those dung beatles back in their place. What a waste of time!

  1. BurpetheadX

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -1

    awesome

    this is great - apple records just wanted another source of revenue for their failing company with one 30 year old product.

  1. zenwave

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Follow the money

    It makes sense - who employs more British citizens, pays more taxes in the UK - Apple Computer, or Apple Corps?

  1. jpellino

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    when you find yourself in

    a hole - stop digging!

    let's see - arguably one of the most popular and influential bands in history has nowhere to sell it's songs on the internet, and they're suing the most successful internet music venture to date.

    now that you've been handed your teeth by a court of law, why not take the profitable and course and load your music into itunes where a generation of people (who've never truly heard them and can now easily understand the pedigree of the last 40 years' music thru iTunes recommendations, etc) can benefit?

    i love the beatles, but their company's actions in this make them seem as dumb as a sack of hammers.

  1. ronjamin

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -1

    Two feet in the grave....

    The Beatles are almost dead anyway, with two of them in the grave already. Sounds like an easy way to get publicity.

    This stinks of lawyers and bureaucratic types like the Recording Industry.

    No one knows who "Apple Corps" is. No one cares.

  1. Torgeir

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Corps not hurt

    I could understand Apple Corps if iTunes hurt thir business economically, but it doesn't! Does it?

  1. jhorvatic

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Glad to see a Judge with

    Glad to see a judge with common sense and rule for Apple Computer. Apple Corps just tries to keep bringing Apple Computer to court to get some more money over trivial stupidity. Hopefully the appeal with go the same way and Apple Corps will just go away period!

  1. Anti-Spam

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -1

    Apple corps says it all

    they are dead, just like those other two corps before them.

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