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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  1. 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.

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

  3. 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.

  4. 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?

  5. I have to fly only Business Class to San Francisco and Apple WWDC 2004.
    Then again there will be SF Pride too… ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />

  6. Do You have your ticket to the WWDC?
    It will be Great! Stevenote with all of those Gthings! You will find your G-spot in no time ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”smile” style=”border:0;” />

  7. Dave, ya think???

    How can Apple Corps be worth 1 billion if they don’t own any Beatles music? What do they own? Apparently, not much since they are dead…(According to ppl on this site)

    Whatever the outcome be, Apple Computer has the money to pay for it and finally put an end on it. It’s not like the average citizen knows about this and is thinking about NOT buying an iPod and going to ITMS. This won’t stop any of the momentum and probably won’t even be a blip on the radar.

    At least, unless the media makes it look like a bigger deal than it really is.

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