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Apple Wins Legal Battle with The Beatles

With a hat tip to The Unofficial Apple Weblog, I see that The Beatles lose Apple court battle:
Mr Justice Mann ruled iTunes was "a form of electronic shop" and not involved in creating music.

"I conclude that the use of the apple logo ... does not suggest a relevant connection with the creative work," he wrote in his judgment.

"I think that the use of the apple logo is a fair and reasonable use of the mark in connection with the service, which does not go further and unfairly or unreasonably suggest an additional association with the creative works themselves."

Apple Corps must pay its rival's legal bill, estimated at £2m, but the judge refused an interim payment of £1.5m pending further hearings.
Pretty amazing. Especially the part about Apple getting their legal bills paid. Anyway, I hope that this will quell the long-runing dispute between Apple and Apple Corps and these legal battles will quit popping up.

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meep
May. 8th, 2006 12:57 pm (UTC)
Well, the problem for Apple Corps is that they sued in the UK, where I understand the losing side paying all court costs is the standard.
drmellow
May. 8th, 2006 01:25 pm (UTC)
It's probably a good standard -- it helps keep people/companies from suing unless they're very confident in their chances of success.
madkawa
May. 8th, 2006 01:46 pm (UTC)
More legal silliness bogging down the system that i cannot get my banana phone case heard.
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