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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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By crystal clear on 2/6/2007 6:49:27 AM , Rating: 2
I refreshed my memory-all those lovely songs.

I put them (songs) in this meeting between the two Apples-

Steve-"Good Morning Good Morning"
Neil-"No reply"-"Hello Goodbye"
Steve-"Good Day Sunshine"-"Got To Get You Into My Life"
Neil-"Hey Bulldog"-
Steve-"Hey Jude"-"Hold Me Tight"
Neil-"Honey Don't"-"I'll Be On My Way"
Steve-"All My Loving"-"All You Need Is Love(sic-$)
Neil-"Any Time At All"-"Can't Buy Me Love"
Steve-"A Hard Day's Night"- "Don’t Pass Me By "
Neil-"Don't Bother Me"-"Everybody's Trying To Be My Baby"
Steve-"From Me To You"-"Getting Better"
Neil-"For No One"-"Free As A Bird"
Steve-"Please Please Me"-"Honey Pie "
Neil-"It Won't Be Long"-"You Know What To Do"
Steve-"Help me if you can"-"Don't Let Me Down "
Neil -"Tell Me Why"-"I Just Don't Understand"-
Steve- " It's All Too Much" -"It's Only Love (sic-Apple)
Steve- "I'm So Tired"-"I Got To Find My Baby"(sic-Apple)
Neil-"I'm Looking Through You"-"I Should Have Known Better"
Steve-"I Want To Tell You"-"I Want You (She's So Heavy-Apple) "
Neil-"I Forgot To Remember To Forget"-"I Don't Want To Spoil The Party"
Steve-"I Call Your Name"-"I Feel Fine"
Neil-"You Never Give Me Your Money"-"You Won't See Me "
Steve-"We Can Work It Out "-"With A Little Help From My Friends"
Neil-"Take Out Some Insurance On Me Baby "-"Money (That's What I Want)"
Steve-"You'll Be Mine"-"It Won't Be Long"-"I'll Get You"
Neil-I'm Happy Just To Dance With You-"Take Good Care Of My Baby"-
Steve-"Thank You Girl"-"That Means A Lot"-"That'll Be The Day"

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