“A representative for Apple Corps, the corporate face of rock icons The Beatles, said Friday that the company has sued Apple Computer over its iTunes service, in a sequel to a previous trademark dispute,” David Becker reports for CNET News.com. “Geoff Baker, spokesman for Apple Corps, confirmed the suit was filed two months ago in London High Court. He referred further questions to a statement put out by Apple Corps, the company the legendary rock ban formed in 1968 to manage its business interests.”
“‘Specifically, (the) complaint is made over the use by Apple Computer of the word ‘Apple’ and apple logos in conjunction with its new application for downloading pre-recorded music from the Internet,’ according to the statement, apparently referring to Apple’s successful iTunes Music Store service for downloading digital songs. Apple Corps. first tussled with Apple Computer over trademark issues in 1989… The two Apples appeared to be getting along OK since then, as evidenced by iMac ads featuring John Lennon,” Becker reports.
[MacDailyNews Note: John Lennon was featured in Apple’s Think Different ads which were image ads for Apple Computer, Inc., not the iMac.]
“But Apple has recently jumped into the music business in a big way, both with iTunes and its iPod digital music players,” Becker reports. Apple Computer issued a brief statement on the case: ‘Over a decade ago, Apple signed an agreement with Apple Corps, a business controlled by the Beatles and their heirs, which specified the rights each company would have to use the ‘Apple’ trademark. Unfortunately, Apple and Apple Corps now have differing interpretations of this agreement and will need to ask a court to resolve this dispute.'”
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