Apple Vs. Apple

Published: 2006-04-03
Apple Computers and Apple Corps, a company owned by former Beatles Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, and the widows of late Beatles John Lennon and George Harrison, are wrangling in court, yet again.

The battle, which began on March 29 in a London courthouse, is over a 1991 agreement between the two companies that Apple Computers wouldn't enter the music business.

When the computer company was founded, eight years after the Beatles put together Apple Corps in 1968, Apple Corps sued the computer corporation for copyright infringement. A second settlement in 1991 outlined the rights of each company to the 'Apple' trademark, and found that Apple Computers was forbidden to use the name for selling musical materials.

The most recent spat between the two companies was caused by Apple's recent successes with the iPod and iTunes. Apple Corps alleges that these products are violating the deal between the two companies by dabbling in the music industry.

Though Apple's iTunes offers about 3 million songs for download, not a single one of those tunes is by the Beatles.

Writer: Michelle Garcia



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