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May 8, 2006

Apple Computer wins copyright dispute with (Beatles') Apple Corp.

 
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Apple Computer has won it's dispute with Apple Corp. over the use of the Apple symbol for music related activities.

By Adam Pasick

LONDON (Reuters) - Apple Computer won its courtroom battle against the Beatles on Monday when a judge ruled the company's iTunes Music Store did not infringe on the trademark of Apple Corps, which represents the band's interests.

In a trial which included the playing of disco hit "Le Freak" in London's High Court, Apple Corps argued the computer company had violated a 1991 trademark agreement by moving into the music business.

Apple Computer, which has sold millions of iPods and more than a billion song downloads, held that iTunes was primarily a data transmission service and permitted by the agreement.



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