Apple loses: Apple v. Beatles to be heard in Britain

“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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33 Comments

  1. This is no big deal – though everyone in the media is trying to make it sound like it is. Apple Records could not possibly be confused with the iPod or the iTunes music store, especially since they are not actively selling music anymore. Regardless of what Apple Computer signed off on the last time an agreement was reached, this is just a pathetic attempt by the Beatles clan to extort some money. And in the worst case scenario, that’s all that would happen.

  2. The Brits are going to stick em.
    How much could it possibly cost to buy Apple records? Or better yet, the Beatles catalogue. I hear it’s valued at around 1 Billion. Apple could pay cash and then offer the Beatles on iTunes exclusively.

  3. This is no big deal. Actually it is very good indeed. Now there is a judge who owns a iPod. She knows what to do here and how to end this stupid lawsuit thing once and for all.

  4. or something like that with typos

    This is actually a very good news indeed ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”smile” style=”border:0;” />
    After this we will see iTMS Europe and hopefully this year ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”smile” style=”border:0;” />

  5. You know that she is eager to get to download music to her iPod ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”smile” style=”border:0;” />

  6. I think it is sad when an individual or company thinks that it deserves some special consideration just for existing. The ironic part is that Apple Corp is suing Apple computer for being in the music business – Apple Corp hasn’t been in the music business for a very long time.

  7. Just because the trial will be in London doesn’t mean a loss. Perhaps it gives the Beatle Barons a home-court advantage, but they still have to make their case.

  8. One guy, I wonder if the judge knows about the Russian site, allmymp3.com? They have all the Beatles stuff for download, and there’s nothing Apple Corps can do about it.

  9. you have to remember that this is not paul and ringo. they do not own Apple Corps. Also – apple corps do not own the rights to the Beatles Catalogue, Sony and Michael jacson each have a 50% share in it. Besides the fact that Apple Corps has a legitmate argument. As if you can just cast aside the law by saying that Apple Corps is dead. so what? they signed a contract, and apple computer broke it. it’s a big deal, and apple computer will lose.

  10. If (and when) Apple Computer Incorporated looses this law suit… They end up paying something. When it is in Europe they will have to pay reasonable amount of cash. That is it. Nothing else. That will be few million �uros that Apple can afford easily and then the whole thing will be gone for ever!
    In the USA this could take years and years without any result and cost billions and take years and years and more years. Did I mention billions?
    This is very good news for the Apple Computer Incorporated indeed. Okay they have to fly First Class to London few times. That is not so bad?

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