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Apple vs. Apple, Judge owns iPod

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By Dennis Lloyd

Publisher, iLounge
Published: Wednesday, February 25, 2004
News Categories: Apple

“Mr Justice Mann, of the High Court Chancery Division, revealed today that he owns an Apple iPod the neat little portable computer which allows its user to download thousands of music tracks over the internet. He asked lawyers if this disqualified him from hearing a trademark dispute between Apple Computers and the Beatles company Apple Corps over the computer giant’s iTunes online music store.

Lord Grabiner QC, for Apple Computers, said he was delighted to hear the judge had an iPod and added: ‘We would perhaps have sent you one free if that would not have been improper.’”

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1

WOW.  Lord Grabiner QC sure makes himself sound silly.  Of COURSE that would have been INCREDIBLY improper.

LOL.

Posted by azdude_15gb on February 25, 2004 at 10:22 AM (PDT)

2

The real question is: Does Mr Justice Mann have any Beatles songs on his iPod?

Posted by Ben Rosenthal on February 25, 2004 at 10:40 AM (PDT)

3

I don’t know about the judge. But I have 17 Beatles albums on my iPod.

NOTE: It would not be improper for Apple to send me as many iPods as they want. Preferably one of every kind (and color) they ever sold. If they do this I promise to do an in depth review of how all of them are different. wink

Posted by olsonbw on February 25, 2004 at 10:58 AM (PDT)

4

Continuing in the same line of dicussion regarding Eminem’s lawsuit… LET’S BOICOT THE BEATLES! wink

Posted by elWilly on February 25, 2004 at 11:33 AM (PDT)

5

I wonder if his name is really Justice Mann ... what are the odds of a Judge being named that? smile

Posted by Bobo on February 25, 2004 at 1:12 PM (PDT)

6

never even heard of apple records before they start it up with apple

Posted by tear on February 25, 2004 at 1:43 PM (PDT)

7

i wonder what the current status of this is. that rticle was from sept 11 2003. so its fairly old news.

Posted by keebie on February 25, 2004 at 1:58 PM (PDT)

8

i wonder what the current status of this is. that article was from sept 11 2003. so its fairly old news.

Posted by keebie on February 25, 2004 at 1:58 PM (PDT)

9

Well basically, Apple Records said that Apple Computer can use the Apple name so long as they don’t enter the music business. Technically, Apple Computers doesn’t MAKE music, they just sell it, like a Wherehouse Music or Tower Records. Apple Records tried to sue Apple when the first (I believe) Macintosh made sounds.

Posted by narco in Burbank on February 25, 2004 at 2:23 PM (PDT)

10

elWilly is a #####.

boycot the beatles? ... the most influential rock group ever?

Its apples fault, they signed contracts 10 years ago which stated they couldnt go into audio. Their own fault.

Posted by STasyna on February 25, 2004 at 2:42 PM (PDT)

11

The Beatles are awesome.

Posted by MeshAir on February 25, 2004 at 2:50 PM (PDT)

12

bobo: Mr. Justice is a title, like The Honourable Pierre S. Pettigrew, Minister of Health, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and Minister responsible for Official Languages, or The Right Honourable Paul Martin, Prime Minister of Canada.

Posted by xr on February 25, 2004 at 6:16 PM (PDT)

13

Biased reporting like this makes me sick.

“an Apple iPod the neat little portable computer which allows its user to download thousands of music tracks over the internet.”

That’s not just misleading, that’s factually WRONG!  The iPod itself doesn’t allow you to download anything over the internet; all it does is play music files.

Yes, you can download those files from the internet USING YOUR DESKTOP COMPUTER, if you want—though this can be legal (e.g. iTMS) as well as illegal (e.g. P2P).  But you can also rip them from your own CDs, record them yourself, copy them from LPs or tapes, or many other methods.

The reporter is either ignorant or twisting the facts until they snap to make his point—either is unprofessional and incompetent.

Posted by Gidds in UK on February 25, 2004 at 6:22 PM (PDT)

14

I wouldn’t call the Beatles most influential rock group ever - maybe POP group?

Posted by voodoo on February 25, 2004 at 6:23 PM (PDT)

15

A lot of the Beatles most famous hits are “pop”, but they certainly had a huge influence with their “rock” music.  I think the definition of “rock” has changed over time, but when they first came on the scene, they were definitely “rock and roll”.

Posted by Albert on February 25, 2004 at 10:29 PM (PDT)

16

I’d boycott Apple Computer before I boycotted the Beatles. Most influential MUSIC group ever.

I thought the exact same thing when I read that, Giddls. Since when did the iPod have internet access? Since when was it a “neat little portable computer”?

Posted by saycheese200 on February 26, 2004 at 5:14 AM (PDT)

17

Dear STasyna and saycheese200:

IT IS CALLED SARCASM. Duh!

(and STasyna just think a lil’ before calling
someone a ‘#####’)

Posted by elWilly on February 26, 2004 at 5:27 AM (PDT)

18

beatles = bubble gum

Posted by beatles r teh sux on February 26, 2004 at 7:40 AM (PDT)

19

For anyone, ESPECIALLY the idiot that posted Beatles=bubblegum, to not recognize the Beatles as the SINGLE most influential rock band of all times shows two things - your total ignorance of music and your age.

Obviously, to the kids that are under 25 years old and have grown up listening to that crap they peddle as music called “rap”, it is understandable that you have no capacity to even remotely fathom the Beatles contribution to music. Afterall, most of you think Eminem is “great”.

John Lennon and Paul McCartney are not only 2 of the greatest songwriters of the 20th century, they are 2 of the greatest songrwriters of all time - maybe THE greatest songwriters of all time.

Posted by Chris on February 27, 2004 at 11:48 AM (PDT)

20

Chris, dude, guy, man, seriesly now, get over yourself.

Posted by isaac on February 27, 2004 at 8:51 PM (PDT)

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