March 29th, 2006

I guess I need to be careful about that apple logo

I better not start using this site to sell any music, or the Beatles will be breathing down my neck (of course, at an earlier time in my life, that would have been the fulfillment of a dream):

Two legendary companies in the music industry faced off in court Wednesday in a trademark battle over a piece of fruit.

Apple Corps Ltd., the Beatles’ record company and guardian of the band’s musical heritage and business interests, is suing Apple Computer Inc., claiming the company violated a 1991 agreement by entering the music business with its iTunes online store…

The computer company’s logo is a cartoonish apple with a neat bite out of the side; the record company is represented by a perfect, shiny green Granny Smith apple…

The 15-year-old agreement between the two Apples had ended a long-running trademark fight in which each agreed not to tread on the other’s toes by entering into a ”field of use” agreement.

Of course, it’s a good deal more lucrative to sue Apple; their pockets are just a mite deeper than mine. But still, one can’t be too careful.

13 Responses to “I guess I need to be careful about that apple logo”

  1. michael i Says:

    What part of “Apple agrees to stay out of the music business” is it that Steve Jobs cannot understand?

    The suit by Apple Corps that led (after years and years in court) to that 1991 agreement Apple Computer is accused of breaking was a real head-scratcher among most computer hobbyists when it was first filed. Back then, the play-music-on-a-computer stuff Apple was pitching was very crude. We couldn’t see what the fuss from Apple Corps was all about. I guess we weren’t as forward-looking as those “suits” we detested so much were, eh?

  2. Ymarsakar Says:

    Only if she names her company Apple LTC.

  3. Joshua Says:

    So does this mean that Apple Martin (the daughter of Coldplay’s Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow) could get sued if she someday decides to follow in Dad’s footsteps under her real, given name?

  4. Mitch Says:

    Just don’t sing.

  5. Fausta Says:

    at an earlier time in my life, that would have been the fulfillment of a dream
    This reminds me of when I was living in PR in the late 1960s.

    The older sister of one my friends was in London (as an exchange student) and came back saying that she’d actually heard the Beatles playing on the roof of a building near where she was staying.

    Of course, I didn’t believe her.

  6. ElMondoHummus Says:

    Oh, sheesh, I forgot about that Y. Sorry ’bout that. I’ll go take a look.

  7. camojack Says:

    Good day, sunshine.

    Let it be…

  8. Ymarsakar Says:

    El, just as reminder that I replied to your navy piracy issue on my blog.

  9. Epaminondas Says:

    Use a green pear, magritte won’t object

  10. ElMondoHummus Says:

    And wait a minute! Neo, is your brother filesharing??!! Huh… a P2P’er and a blogger in the same family. Such a bourgeois-tech family you got there. 🙂


    Funny, every one I’ve met or read from that era just seems to have this dream about associating (I won’t go into the steamier fantasies!) with the Beatle’s somehow. I was born just a touch too late to be in that “generation” (1970), so this is sort of idolization of that band is a partial mystery to me.

    But just partial. If I think about certain movie stars… va-VOOOOOOM!!!. Some level of understanding comes (“Well, hello Winona! No, I’m not busy tonight…”, “Ashley? You say your sick of that handsome, rich, interesting race car driver husband of yours? Well, hey, I happen to like college basketball…”, “Jessica Alba??” ::drools insensibly, speechless::)

    Okay… I guess I do understand, to a degree…

    Anyhoo… back on topic (at least the topic of lawsuits, not necessarily this specific case between the Apples):

    Research in Motion (the company that made the Blackberry) and NTP just settled a big, potentially ugly patent-infringement suit. eBay is currently fending off some company called MercExchange right now. In both cases, the plaintiffs could’ve gone after others; in NTP’s case, there’s a whole slew of folks to have chased, such as Goode Technology but NTP definitely went after the big boy on the block. I can’t comment on the eBay case because I don’t know too much about it, but are they the only users of the technology in question? I’m not sure, but I’d bet they’re the biggest.

    Your statement, Neo, about Apple Comp’s “pockets (being) just a mite deeper than yours” pretty much sums up corporate lawsuits today: Go after the biggest ones around. It just seems to me today to be yet another method of profit generation for some of these companies.

    Eh… that’s our world. We just live it in…

    So, when you cuttin’ a record for those rappers? You also plan to sell them through this blog??


  11. ElMondoHummus Says:

    Wow… your mom’s a pottymouth!


  12. neo-neocon Says:

    Mom–how’d you get hold of a computer?

  13. Anonymous Says:

    They’d sue you too if there was money in it. The law belongs to these rich corportate motherfuckers — and they’d copyright your own asshole and sue you everytime you shit if they could. Meanwhile, they say my kid’s a thief for sharing tunes with his friends.


    your mom

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