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FOXNews: The Beatles Sue Apple Computers Over IPod, ITunes

“The inevitable has happened: The Beatles have sued Steve Jobs over Apple iTunes and the Apple iPod—at least the band’s company, Apple Corps., has sued Apple Computers. [...]

When Apple Computers first came into existence, the Beatles’ lawyers sued—and won—over the use of the corporate name. The Fab Four, it was widely known, already had their own company called Apple Corps. (Ironically, Jobs admitted to naming his company as a tribute to the Beatles.) The result of the suit was a huge cash settlement and a promise that the Apple logo and name would only be used for computers—and never for a music company.”

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1

‘Ironically, Jobs admitted to naming his company as a tribute to the Beatles’ - so Jobs does something nice but they threw it back in his face. Shame noone will remember the Beatles for nearly as long as Apple will be remembered and will survive for. HA!

Posted by tombertram on September 11, 2003 at 3:47 PM (PDT)

2

Geez.  Some perspective please.  The Beatles are one of the most popular and influential bands of all time.

Most people would not confuse Apple Computer with the Beatles, but this ‘something nice’ is still copyright infringement. 

I think I’ll start a toy company called McDonald’s with an M logo.  Then I start selling sandwiches.  They won’t mind, I’m sure.

Posted by Albert on September 11, 2003 at 4:24 PM (PDT)

3

Copyright Infringement?

No Way.

Trademark, maybe. A jury will decide.

Posted by NoWayJose on September 11, 2003 at 5:38 PM (PDT)

4

“Shame noone will remember the Beatles for nearly as long as Apple will be remembered “

HAHA, are you on crack?

Posted by Jon on September 11, 2003 at 6:44 PM (PDT)

5

I’ve got to agree with the Beatles on this one. Apple signed an agreement promising to never get involved with music and have no clearly done that. They should have just changed their name back in the early 80’s when the Beatles sued because music and computers were destined to come together.

Posted by Weasel on September 11, 2003 at 6:55 PM (PDT)

6

Hey, Apple Corps (Beatles) better not sell MP3 versions of their music. That could be for use on computerized devices. Then Apple should SUE their a## off.

Posted by LameUseOfLaw on September 11, 2003 at 7:02 PM (PDT)

7

This is great!

Posted by jmc in noitacol on September 11, 2003 at 7:11 PM (PDT)

8

Apple should change their name to Macrosoft, I am sure neither Microsoft or Macromedia would mind smile

Posted by Jon in Seattle, WA on September 11, 2003 at 7:20 PM (PDT)

9

I’m not the biggest fan of some of the things Apple has done, but this is really just silly. No one is confusing Apple Computer with a long forgotten rock band from forty years ago. Looks like the only way these clowns can make money now is to sue Apple because their names sound similar.

Posted by Xab on September 11, 2003 at 7:35 PM (PDT)

10

What comes around… goes around Mr. Jobs. Bad karma coming back to bite you in the arse I say!

Posted by Dan on September 11, 2003 at 7:58 PM (PDT)

11

Let’s just hope The Beatles can stop iPod production and kill iTunes before Apple harms them any more than they already have!

Posted by Poor Beatles on September 11, 2003 at 8:33 PM (PDT)

12

I agree with Albert completely. And Jon. Some of you guys are definately on crack.

Posted by NC on September 11, 2003 at 9:28 PM (PDT)

13

Well, Steve Jobs signed an agreement that stipulated certain conditions.

If he is stupid enough to break that agreement then he deserves to be sued….what a dope.

I say, sue his ###

Posted by Dumbass on September 11, 2003 at 10:26 PM (PDT)

14

Apple deserve a good kicking after all this Euro Cap ####. Apple can shove the Ipod and Itunes etc up their arse.

BTW it might be interesting to start a thread on this issue on the Apple site MB !

Posted by gumbo on September 12, 2003 at 12:31 AM (PDT)

15

For s*** read s_h_i_t.

For a*** read a_r_s_e

Posted by gumbo on September 12, 2003 at 12:32 AM (PDT)

16

all you saying that apple were stupid to break the terms of the agreement should remember if they didnt… you woulndt have an iPod. and i have a feeling apple have made a hell of a lot more money out of the ipod than the bettles will win off them.

Posted by Mark Cope on September 12, 2003 at 12:37 AM (PDT)

17

wonder if the bettles have pods? smile hehe

Posted by Mark Cope on September 12, 2003 at 1:06 AM (PDT)

18

c’mon. you know as well as I that paul, ringo, olivia (and maybe even yoko) have nothing to do with this ridiculous lawsuit. it’s the imbicilic lawyers at the helm once again. greedy corporate piggies.

apple records made great (timeless, you fool) music, and apple computers have done the same with their products for us professionals and novices alike to enjoy. the 2 don’t have ANYTHING to do with each other.

let’s not be so naive as to think that the #1 band of all time is really behind this, look at your history, the band was dissolved in the 70s, so when the headline says Beatles, it’s really not talking about them…

Posted by mvague on September 12, 2003 at 3:56 AM (PDT)

19

I say Apple should I hire a crack team of talented musicians who can actually write interesting and orignal music, give them guns, and pay them to take out the last two Beatles and all their fans. Then set fire to every Beatles CD ever, then burn down their ###### record studio.

Posted by tombertram on September 12, 2003 at 5:43 AM (PDT)

20

I guess this means we won’t be seeing any Beatles tunes in the Apple Music Store anytime soon.

Posted by TommyT on September 12, 2003 at 5:45 AM (PDT)

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