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Monday, 5 February 2007

Apple dispute settles - lawyers left to starve?

Apple dispute settles - lawyers left to starve?

The IPKat has learned from the BBC, following a tip-off from his old friend Nick Gingell, that the generations-long Apple dispute in the UK has settled. Computer and iPod/iTunes company Apple Inc will assume full control of the APPLE trade mark, but it will grant a licence back to Beatles' record company Apple Corps for their continued use and enjoyment. This dispute began more than quarter of a century ago, following convergence of computer and sound recording technologies.

The IPKat is glad and hopes this means he can download Beatles tracks for his MP3. Merpel says, I hope the Law Society is providing counselling and therapy sessions for the many lawyers who will be forced to look for fresh work ...

History of the dispute here
Apple Crumble here
Drunken Swedish moose drowns after fermented apple binge here

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

I hope your 'MP3' plays (DRM protected) 'AACs', because that is all you're going to get from iTunes. They have yet to sell their first MP3 file!

Anonymous said...

Apparently, I spoke too soon. Steve Jobs has posted a message to the Apple website with the strongest message against DRM yet. Read it here: http://www.apple.com/hotnews/thoughtsonmusic/

He's absolutely right; digital rights management does nothing to stop pirates, but it creates a lot of trouble for the user.

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