Apple vs Apple: Apple wins

by Giles Turnbull

Apple Computer has won its court fight with Apple Corps, the Beatles' record label. The two companies began legal proceedings because Apple Corps accused Apple Computer of overturning a 1991 agreement that it would not enter the music business.



Apple Corps argued that by using the Apple Computer logo on the iTunes Music Store, Apple Computer was breaking the agreement.



This morning at the High Court in London, Judge Edward Mann in London that Apple Computer was using the logo to identify its online store but not the music the store sells; therefore the 1991 agreement was not in breach, and Apple Computer could continue to operate the iTMS as before.



Apple Corps will have to pay costs for both sides, and the judge granted permission for it to appeal the ruling.



Opinion



Most of this case rested on the use of the Apple Computer logo, and that people might perhaps get confused about which logo represented which company:



applecorps.jpg appleinc.jpg



Confusing? No, I don't think so either. Personally, I don't see what the fuss was all about.



Update:



Apple Corps said it would go ahead with an appeal.


11 Comments

chuckdude
2006-05-08 05:31:39
I don't see what all the fuss is about either.


Apple Corps should abandon thoughts of appeal and just kiss and make up with Apple Computer. Think of it: If Apple vs Apple gave up on their silly little feud, Apple Corps could pay off their legal fees with the money they would make by selling their songs on iTunes.


skia
2006-05-08 06:14:59
I'd be prepared to be sued yourself — either by Apple for using the Apple Corps logo in an article primarily viewed on computers, or maybe by Apple Corps for printing the Apple logo in an blog that contains the word "music".

2006-05-08 06:44:55
Give them a couple of years and they will be in bed together. iTunes will have Beatles songs and everyone will be happy and richer than before.
rmeister0
2006-05-08 09:00:06
Why doesn't Apple just BUY Apple Corps and be done with this nonsense once and for all?
hooey
2006-05-08 12:01:58
Steve Jobs and the iPod are more famous than Jesus and the Beatles ever were
Roshambo
2006-05-08 12:35:50
All the fuss? It's about money, of course. Apple Records attempts to sue Apple Computer on a regular basis; it's just business as usual.
Hurst Vanrooj
2006-05-09 08:24:14
Yes, very sensible idea I think. But just when both parties step back from the brink. Apple release their latest portable machine:


The Apple MacBook Pro with Intel Core Duo." Or..


The Apple Core Duo as I like to call it!


ROUND THREE!!

Alan Trulock
2006-05-09 13:59:31
Who are the Beatles?
pedagogy Prague
2006-11-01 09:30:17
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Gary King
2006-11-10 07:50:23
Personally I think an agreement is an agreement and if Apple Computers were in breach they should be sued as would anyone else.


Having at last seen part of the agreement in question it looks as if it all hinges around definitions of whether Apple Computers are distributing pre-recorded material.


In any sense of the word they are and an appeal case looks strong.

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2007-03-19 05:13:08
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