A high-court judge ruled in favour of Apple Computer on Thursday, allowing the computer maker to continue to display an apple logo on its iTunes online music store:
Apple Corp, which represents the business interests of the Beatles and their families, has successfully defended its trademark territory twice since the first suit was filed in 1978, winning it total compensation of more than $100m from the US company.
But the Post- Fab Four - Sir Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and the widows of John Lennon and George Harrison - have finally run aground in the ever shifting media landscape where rights have been blurred as digital data replaces records and CDs.
The Beatles’ latest action was sparked by the success of iTunes and the iPod digital music player. By using an apple logo, they argued, Apple Computer contravened a 1991 confidential out-of-court settlement that set out strict fields of business for both companies.