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War of the Apples may end

Published February 6, 2007


SAN JOSE, Calif. - Apple Corps Ltd., the Beatles' record label, has resolved a bitter decades-long trademark dispute with iPod maker Apple Inc. over use of the iconic apple logo and name.

But while the truce announced Monday appeared to finally bury the long-simmering animosity, music lovers will still need to wait to buy Love Me Do or Hey Jude on Apple Inc.'s iTunes store.

The joint announcement was silent on whether Beatles songs will become available for download any time soon. The Beatles have so far been the most prominent holdout from iTunes and other online music services.

The settlement gives California-based Apple Inc. ownership of the name and logo in return for agreeing to license some of those trademarks back to London-based Apple Corps for their continued use.

Apple Corps, guardian of the Beatles' commercial interests, was founded by the Fab Four in 1968.

The Beatles' company, whose corporate logo is a giant green Granny Smith apple, first sued what was until last month Apple Computer Inc. for trademark infringement in 1978. The computermaker agreed in 1981 to pay $80,000 and never enter the music business.

[Last modified February 6, 2007, 01:30:03]

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