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Beatles’ Apple Corps, Apple Computer to meet in court this week

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By LC Angell

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Published: Sunday, March 26, 2006
News Categories: Apple

The Apple Computer vs. Apple Corps case is scheduled to begin on Wednesday at London’s High Court before iPod-owning Justice Edward Mann. Apple Corps, owned by the Beatles and their families, claims that the iTunes Music Store breaches a 1991 agreement on the companies’ use of the Apple trademark. “Any damages for this latest clash could amount to tens of millions of pounds because it concerns Apple Computer’s hugely successful iTunes Music Store and iPod,” reports the Times UK newspaper. “The court will be treated to a demonstration of an iPod, but it is unlikely to play a Beatles song.”

Apple Corps sued Apple Computer in the early 80’s for an $80,000 settlement and a promise that the computer company would never get into the music business. In 1989, Apple Corps went after Apple Computer again over a music-making program and microphone. Apple Computer settled in 1991 for $26 million. Apple Corps got 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,” according to documents.

“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,” The Times notes. “Apple Computer will argue that its music service, which has sold more than a billion songs since 2002, is merely data transmission.”

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21

You seem to forget Fangorn, that alleged, I use the word loosely, child molester Michael Jackson actually owns the rights to those Beatles songs so that might have something to do with Apple Corps wanting a slice of the Apple pie.  I never looked so I wouldn’t know if Michael Jackson’s Music is on iTunes or not…... fookin’ freak

=:-{D

Posted by Xtoast in midwest usa on March 27, 2006 at 7:07 PM (PDT)

22

ya know, come to think of it, Steve should have been proactive by recognizing the agreement and coming to a settlement with Apple Corps much sooner instead of letting it blow up into this.

Regardless, Apple really is in the wrong and has to deal with the consequences. i just hope that Apple Corps and Apple computers can be reasonable and come to an agreement that benefits both companies.

Posted by ahMEmon on March 27, 2006 at 7:59 PM (PDT)

23

Where all music lovers here and probably a good majority are Beatles fans i hope that they just clear this up once and for all and get on making beautiful music together.The Beatles ,Apple and iTunes are a perfect match.

Posted by Magic Alex on March 27, 2006 at 11:32 PM (PDT)

24

Does anyone else find it ironic that Apple uses (or used) an image of John and Yoko in their advertisements? BTW, did they ever get permission for that?

Posted by Bradley on March 28, 2006 at 10:18 AM (PDT)

25

Probably not!!!

Posted by Oliver on March 28, 2006 at 11:39 AM (PDT)

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