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11 May, 2006 - Published 15:39 GMT
 
Beatles lose Apple trademark dispute
 
The Beatles
The Beatles set up record label Apple Corps in 1968

The Beatles' record label, Apple Corps, has lost a court battle against the giant US company Apple Computer over the use of the Apple name and logo. The two sides have been arguing about the use of the Apple trademark for more than 25 years. This report from our business correspondent, Nils Blythe:

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Apple Corps was set up by The Beatles and is still owned by Sir Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and the widows of John Lennon and George Harrison. Their company has clashed with the California-based computer maker, Apple, before, and fifteen years ago an agreement was reached. It gave the American company use of the Apple name and logo for computers, and the British company would use it in music.

The development of the iPod and iTunes services created new tensions, but today the High Court ruled that Apple Computer hadn't breached the terms of the agreement. Costs, which are estimated to be approaching five million pounds already, were awarded against The Beatles' company which will now take the case to appeal.

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set up
started, founded, established

the widows
a widow is a woman whose husband has died

clashed
disagreed

logo
a logo is a design or symbol used by a company to advertise its products

iPod and iTunes services
An iPod is a portable digital music player. iPod was launched by Apple Computer in 2001. iTunes is an electronic music shop, launched by Apple Computer in 2003.

new tensions
new feelings of fear and anger

the High Court ruled
the High Court decided, judged. The High Court is a law court in London for trials of civil rather than criminal cases.

hadn't breached the terms of the agreement
hadn't broken the rules of the agreement

were awarded against The Beatles' company
The Beatles' company, Apple Corps, will have to pay the costs of the legal dispute

take the case to appeal
put the facts and arguments supporting their side of the dispute to a court of law to try to change the ruling

 
 
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