Apple Computer has won its court fight with Apple Corps, the Beatles’ record label. The two companies began legal proceedings because Apple Corps accused Apple Computer of overturning a 1991 agreement that it would not enter the music business.
Apple Corps argued that by using the Apple Computer logo on the iTunes Music Store, Apple Computer was breaking the agreement.
This morning at the High Court in London, Judge Edward Mann in London that Apple Computer was using the logo to identify its online store but not the music the store sells; therefore the 1991 agreement was not in breach, and Apple Computer could continue to operate the iTMS as before.
Apple Corps will have to pay costs for both sides, and the judge granted permission for it to appeal the ruling.
Most of this case rested on the use of the Apple Computer logo, and that people might perhaps get confused about which logo represented which company:
Confusing? No, I don’t think so either. Personally, I don’t see what the fuss was all about.
Apple Corps said it would go ahead with an appeal.