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Beatles lose latest Apple trademark dispute

The Beatles have lost their court battle against Apple Computer over its iTunes music download service.

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The Beatles have lost their court battle against Apple Computer over its iTunes music download service.

Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and the families of John Lennon and George Harrison had taken took Apple Computer to court, after claiming Apple went back on a previous trademark deal not to enter the music business.

The Beatles brought the action on behalf of their Apple Corps music label. But the court said that Apple used the apple logo in association with its store, not the music, and so was not in breach.

The Beatles' music label had sought High Court damages and an order to prevent Apple Computer from using the Apple logo in its music operations.

With its iPod music player devices and iTunes music download service, Apple is the market leader in digital music.

Apple Corps said the iTunes operation broke an agreement the two sides negotiated in 1991, to settle a previous dispute about the use of the Apple Computer logo.

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