Apple Sues Apple
from the whoops dept
Whenever people complain about the incompleteness of Apple's iTunes music download store, they inevitably mention that songs by The Beatles are missing. Well, here's one reason that might be happening: The Beatles apparently own a company called Apple Corp. that, for many years, has had legal battles with Apple Computers. When the company first came about The Beatles sued them over the name, and Apple ended up licensing it and promising to stay out of the music business. A few years later, when Apple dared to introduce a computer that had speakers and could play music, The Beatles/Apple accused them of breaking the agreement, and Apple had to pay up a settlement fee. Now, with the iPod and iTunes, it seems clear that Apple Computers has gone well past the original agreement and The Beatles are now suing Steve Jobs (or Apple is suing Apple, if you'd like). Of course, the whole point of trademark law is that you don't confuse the brands. I'm not sure how many people are going to confuse the Beatles with Apple Computers.