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Apple Settles Trademark Dispute With The Beatles Record and Management Company Apple Corps Ltd

Apple and The Beatles' Apple Corps Make Peace over Apple Trademark

All they need is love, right?

In the case of Apple Inc. and The Beatles' Apple Corps Ltd, there has been a long-standing dispute about who has the right to the Apple trademark. Well, finally some peace and maybe a little bit of love has come from all of this as a settlement has been reached. Apple will now permit downloads of the band's music through iTunes, which has been the longest holdout from Apple and other online music services.

The settlement also gives ownership of the name and logo in return for agreeing to license some of those trademarks back to Apple Corps — the management firm in charge of The Beatles’ commercial interests.

This is what Steve Jobs had to say about the entire fiasco and settlement:

We love the Beatles, and it has been painful being at odds with them over these trademarks. It feels great to resolve this in a positive manner, and in a way that should remove the potential of further disagreements in the future.

[via Apple Inc. and MSNBC]

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jennacyde jennacyde 9 years
Yeah neato- when are the beatles coming to itunes?!?!?!?!
Neural Neural 10 years
Yeah, I heard about this on the radio on the way to work this morning. I had no idea they've been feuding for like 25 years. I'd heard there was something between them but I figured it just had to do with getting Beatles music on iTunes.
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