Beatles claim Apple mark continues to infringe

December 2005

Record labels, internet

John Lennon’s solo material will be made available for digital downloading before this Christmas – on almost every platform (like HMV and Virgin) save Apple’s iTunes. The Beatle’s Apple Corp remain locked in a trademark battle with the computer company over use of the name ‘Apple’. The band reached an agreement in 1981 with Apple Computers over the use of the trademark – which they claim has been breached by Apple branching out into the music download market – and therefor the music business itself. It is understood that in 1981 the computer company agreed that it would not use the mark in the music business

The Times 9 th November 2005

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