- LONDON — Apple Computer and the Beatles’ record company Apple Corps went to court Wednesday over who gets to use the fruity name now that the computer company has entered the music business on the Internet. The two companies reached a deal in 1991 after a fight over the trademark, signing an agreement that set out who could use the name and logo, and when. But the British record company says the American computer company broke the deal by using the Apple name to market its new iTunes Internet music service. In a preliminary skirmish on Wednesday, Apple Computer asked the court to rule that the full legal battle should be dealt with by California courts and not courts in England. The computer company’s lawyer said that the 1991 agreement allows Apple Computer to use the name for data transmission services, even if the data included material such as music, which was within the record label’s “field of use.” The hearing, which is scheduled to last three days, coincides with news In the United States that rap superstar Eminem is suing Apple Computer on the grounds it used one of his hit songs in a TV advertisement without his permission. (Reuters)
So let me get this straight. Yes the Beatles first registered the Apple trademark in the 60′s, BUT with the advent of RIAA attacks and iTunes being the only successful “legal” online music venue… it’s all apples and oranges to me.