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11 May, 2006 - Published 15:39 GMT
Beatles lose Apple trademark dispute
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:
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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