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Apple Corps, the Beatles' record company, has lost a trademark infringement court battle brought against Apple Computer.
Apple Corps, owned by Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and the estates of John Lennon and George Harrison, had accused the computer company of breaching the terms of a 1991 trademark agreement over the "apple" trademark. The label claimed that the computer maker's push into the digital music business with the iTunes Music Store violated the agreement.
In London's High Court today, Justice Edward Mann ruled that the computer firm used the apple logo in association with its store, not the music, and so was not a breach.
"We are glad to put this disagreement behind us," said Apple CEO Steve Jobs in a statement issued after the decision.
Jobs added, "We have always loved the Beatles, and hopefully we can now work together to get them on the iTunes Music Store."