Apple Beat Apple in Trademark Wrangle

Judge says No to Yoko and the gang, iTunes prevails      08/05/06

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Back in the day the Beatles set up Apple Corps as their own record label - releases included:
* Yellow Submarine
* Abbey Road
* Let It Be
* Hey Jude
* 1962–1966
* 1967–1970
Along came Apple Computer who were successfully sued by the Beatle for use of the name and then again when music started to pump out of computer speakers, the Beatles have won an estimated $50 mill from Apple so far. The last result of was a Peace Pact that had been working well (for Apple Corps). So why on earth would Apple Computer continue to come back for more, itunes, iPod anyone? Apple have been making cash hand over fist since they introduced their music download service iTunes, the Beatles camp must’ve been considering how they would spend the damages that would result from the next court case. It’s a no brainer, you’d think, but not this time. Apple Corps (Beatles) accusation that Apple Computer Inc were in breach of a trademark agreement by selling music on the iTunes website was quashed by UK Justice Mann. There’s clearly no love lost between the two parties as the QC representing Apple Computer Inc decided to ask the judge for £1.5 million towards their costs – the judge refused. I don’t think we’ve heard the last of this one.


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