Monday, May 08, 2006
Apple Computers Isn't In The Music Business?
The Beatles company Apple Corp lost its lawsuit against Apple Computers. In letting Apple Computers play off their iconic logo, the Beatles made Apple agree to stay out of the music business. A British court ruled that Apple had abided by that decision -- despite iTunes being the #1 online music store in the world that recently sold its one billionth song. the comuter folk argued that iTunes is just a "data transmission service." I don't want to get all legal on you, but the name of the company is iTUNES. They sell music. Maybe it's the difference between owning a record label and just selling the CDs, but if Apple opened a chain of record stores, surely they'd be violating the agreement. How is iTunes any different? The Beatles are appealing.