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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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41

he wants to change some songs to mcartney/lennon from Lennon/mcartney. what an a—hole

Posted by bkush on February 25, 2004 at 3:14 PM (PDT)

42

i’ve got 55 beatles albums, concert fan-recordings and bootlegs on my ipod. apple records should sue me.

Posted by av on February 25, 2004 at 6:09 PM (PDT)

43

how about this:

Micheal Jackson goes bunkrupt so has to sell his Beatles catalogue and licenses.

Apple buys them.

Problem solved.

Posted by stevo on February 25, 2004 at 7:32 PM (PDT)

44

i actually think they are a bit narrowminded in their lawsuit. I would think that the problem was Apple Corp. (the beatles) was worried that people would mistake Apple computers for their music company thereby affecting the operating and profits of the company (or whatever legal reason they felt they had a right to claim).... so an agreement was made to make sure they (Apple computers) would not make anything related to music.
the selling of ipods (music players) must have been a grey area that they might not have had the foresight of covering off in the initial settlement years ago, but the itunes music store is definitely in the sore spot for Apple Corps.
But i would think the biggest problem would have been the programs like soundtrack and garageband…things that actually help you produce music. To me, this is directly the same thing that Apple Corps was about…making and distributing original music. This, then becomes a cause for heavy argument…

don’t get me wrong, i’m an apple fan, i love the programs i just mentioned…but if there was agreements made… then i can’t see how Jobs and Co. can hope to win this argument as it probably has the potential to be a bigger problem than what is stated. Maybe Jobs was hoping these things would take years to settle…and eventually a private settlement would again be enough to solve the issue again. either way, i hope it doesn’t mean a crippling or total stoppage of any programs, hardware or business strategy because i think this really is a milestone in the industry and i would hate to have stupid greed (from both sides) to ruin a good thing. just my two cents…

Posted by vic on February 25, 2004 at 9:46 PM (PDT)

45

Hmm, there’s some quality comedy in here

Posted by Nuke666 on February 26, 2004 at 2:02 AM (PDT)

46

first of all, the beatles are not some forgotten rock band from fourty years ago. well, they are from fourty years ago, but not forgotten at all. I’m in my twenties and haven been listening to them my whole life. they are legendary.

Apple Computer is not producing any music, they are not a record label, they havent signed an bands. They have a made a computer program that allows users to buy music from the record companies. I mean it’s a little more complex than that, but Apple Computer is doing nothing more than providing the software. They are the gateway to the music, not the ones making the music. thats how i see it

Posted by armik on February 26, 2004 at 2:30 AM (PDT)

47

Now this is a stupid lawsuit.  Reminds me of:

Intel with their “intel” lawsuit.
Microsoft with their “NT” threats

Just because you own the name doesn’t make it that only you can use it. 

BTW, intel is intellegence, so should the government be sued because they use this every other minute?

Posted by cabbit on February 26, 2004 at 8:55 AM (PDT)

48

#### the Beatles and Paul McCarthey. Their music was once good but they already got more money than they deserve.

Weren’t they singing “Let it Be”?

Posted by Martin on February 26, 2004 at 3:50 PM (PDT)

49

cabbit the government(s) should probably be sued because they dont use intelligence enough.

Posted by eas on March 1, 2004 at 5:54 AM (PDT)

50

you apple lovers are so unreasonable.  the beatles… one of the most successful bands ever… apple, <6% of the computing market!  if iPods weren’t made available for the p.c., apple probably would have stopped selling them.  and by the way, anapod explorer kills iTunes anyday…

Posted by eb on March 17, 2004 at 5:49 AM (PDT)

51

apple should just change the name mango problem solved

mangos are tastier anyways

Posted by Whistler in Norwich, UK on March 17, 2004 at 6:13 AM (PDT)

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