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Apple Corp. and Apple Inc. "Come Together"

The battle between Apple Corp., the company that represents The Beatles, and Apple Inc. has finally come to an end. The two companies have feuded since the 1980s when Apple Computer first came on the scene.

Apple Corp. filed its first lawsuit against Apple Inc. in 1980, 1989 and then again in 2003. The last lawsuit claimed that Apple infringed upon a 1991 agreement reached between the two companies by operating its iTunes Music Store and using the Apple logo.

Apple Corp. lost the case. "I think that the use of the apple logo is a fair and reasonable use of the mark in connection with the service, which does not go further and unfairly or unreasonably suggest an additional association with the creative works themselves," said Justice Anthony Mann at the time of the ruling.

Today, it appears that the two companies have settled their long-standing feud. The new agreement replaces the one first reached in 1991. Apple will own all "Apple" trademarks and will license certain trademarks back to Apple Corp. for its own use. Apple Inc. will also continue to operate its iTunes Music Store and use its logos to promote the online service. Both companies will also pay for their own legal fees.

"We love the Beatles, and it has been painful being at odds with them over these trademarks. It feels great to resolve this in a positive manner, and in a way that should remove the potential of further disagreements in the future," said Apple Inc. CEO Steve Jobs.

"It is great to put this dispute behind us and move on. The years ahead are going to be very exciting times for us. We wish Apple Inc. every success and look forward to many years of peaceful co-operation with them," said Apple Corp. manager Neil Aspinall.

The only thing left is for Beatles albums to start showing up on iTunes … just don’t hold your breath.

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RE: Teach me
By Spartan Niner on 2/5/2007 7:45:33 PM , Rating: 1
by Xenoid on February 5, 2007 at 4:59 PM
The price of downloading music on bt is unmatched. I can also get a higher quality and faster download speed.

Did it ever occur to you that such an activity is illegal, and that posting so directly about it might not be such a good idea? Guess not.

I'll be the first to admit that I've been guilty of "downloading" in the past, but I no longer do so. Getting 128kbps or 192kbps rips in mp3 format just isn't appealing for me - I'm one of those people who can tell the difference between 192kbps and 320kbps... since I want to have the original source material for high-quality listening, it just means I need to be more selective about my music purchases. Not having money isn't an excuse - if you're posting on AT/DailyTech chances are you've got more than enough change to spare to buy a CD every now and then.

RE: Teach me
By cheetah2k on 2/6/2007 12:34:26 AM , Rating: 2
if you're posting on AT/DailyTech chances are you've got more than enough change to spare to buy a CD every now and then.

WTF? Since when did it matter how much $ you have to post on this site? I didnt realise Anandtech and Dailytech were exclusive to tax paying citizens?

At the end of the day, whether you choose to listen to 96, 128, 192 or 320kbps, CD, ripped, copied, iTunes, whatever music is up to the individual.

"The whole principle [of censorship] is wrong. It's like demanding that grown men live on skim milk because the baby can't have steak." -- Robert Heinlein
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