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Greed- Its really never a good thing.

Ya know- I, personally.... have *ALWAYS* thought that anything relating to both music and apples as intellectual property of the beatles.

Is the music buying public really so stupid as to think that the ipod or the itunes music store is a product of apple corp., and not apple computers?

It sort of reminds me of the jaguar down the page, theyre not getting sued, honda and kia have never been sued, toyota has never been sued for copying the taurus and turning it into the latest camry.

Does anyone think that they aren't just after a piece of this $1,000,000,000.00 that apple has made selling .99 cent songs?

I'll bet Piracy is mentioned as well.

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LONDON (March 29) - The Beatles and Apple Computer Inc faced off in court on Wednesday in a trademark dispute triggered by Apple's move into the music business through its iTunes download service.

Apple Corps Ltd, owned by Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, John Lennon's widow Yoko Ono and the estate of George Harrison, has sued Apple Computer twice before over the companies' competing fruit logos.

The latest settlement in 1991 resulted in a $26 million payment by Apple Computer and an agreement to limit the use of the Apple trademark in the music business.

Apple Corps claims that Apple Computer's use of its trademark in advertising and software for the iTunes Music Store violates that agreement. The iTunes Music Store, integrated with the popular iPod digital music player, has sold more than 1 billion songs.

Apple Corps is seeking a judgment of liability and an injunction against Apple Computer; if it succeeds a subsequent hearing will assess damages.

"Apple Computer can go into the recorded music business in any way they want. What they cannot do is use Apple (trade)marks to do it," Apple Corps counsel Geoffrey Vos said in his opening presentation.

He noted that the Apple Computer logo is displayed when users buy songs from the iTunes Music Store, and he showed the courtroom an Apple Computer advertisement with the band Coldplay that prominently featured the logo.

Apple Computer counsel Anthony Grabiner is due to give his opening presentation later on Wednesday.

Judge Edward Mann, who is presiding over the case in London's High Court, is a self-professed iPod user.

"I have a certain familiarity with the technology," he said.

Apple Corps, run by former Beatles road manager Neil Aspinall, has refused to license any Beatles recordings for sale through online music services.

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RE: Greed- Its really never a good thing.

The apple computer's logo was chosen,I understand,as a tribute to Alan Turing,the homosexual hero of Bletchley Park,who after being hounded by The British authorities committed suicice by eating an apple laced with poison-hence the the logo's missing bite .Apple's founders held him in such esteem as the father of modern computer science and because of his contribution in defeating hitler's Enigma code that they wanted to honour him in perpetuity.
Paul McCartney on the other hand is a pompous whining small-minded fuckwit who just happened to be in the right place at the right time.He also has a penchant for ugly blonde women and harp seals.
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I'd like to do a remix of 'baby you can drive my car ' renamed 'Baby you can club my seal' its got to be a number 1 , I'll call sister bliss now
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RE: Greed- Its really never a good thing.

The suit, however, boils down to an agreement with Apple Corp, that Steven Jobs signed, that Apple Computer would NOT ever get into the music business. Jobs broke the court ordered agreement.

The original agreement was an international trademark infringement of the use of Apple which was trademarked by Apple Corp in the late 1960's. Apple Computer came along and tried to trademark Apple and found the trademark already taken although Jobs had already started the company, and ran with Apple without checking. The initial settlement allowed Apple Computer to continue to use Apple without problems AS LONG AS THEY DID NOT ENTER THE MUSIC BUSINESS.

Jobs broke the agreement, everyone knew that this was going to happen, it was factored into the business plan, a settlement has been the talk of the industry since the original iPod was released.


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