“Apple Computer on Tuesday lost a British High Court bid to have a legal case brought by the management company of the legendary Beatles band moved from the United Kingdom to the United States,” Reuters reports.

“A London High Court judge on Tuesday struck down Apple’s request to have the case heard by California courts. The iPod maker had argued that because the original agreement between the two companies was struck in that state, it was the proper place for the hearing,” Reuters reports. “Launched a year ago, iTunes has given hope to weary music executives looking for an industry-backed online music store capable of derailing free file-sharing networks such as WinMX and Kazaa.”

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