Monday, May 8, 2006
A British judge has ruled that Apple Computer has not infringed on a 1991 settlement between the computer maker and the Beatles' music label, Apple, in which Apple Computer agreed not to enter Apple Corps' "field of business" by using the music label's logo "in connection with musical content." The Apple label charged that the computer maker's popular downloading service infringed that agreement. But after Mr. Justice Mann, the presiding jurist, got a demonstration of downloading on his own iPod, and heard the arguments, he determined that Apple Computers uses the logo only with its online store and not with the downloads. Read more here in a story from the Guardian Unlimited and here from Market Watch.