Monday, May 08, 2006

Music law

Actually, it's more IP law, but it deals with some major musical names. A recent court decision, as reported by the BBC, allows Apple (the computer company) to keep using the name and logo in association with its music players. The law suit came about due to an existing agreement between Apple and the Beatles, who owned a similarly-named company. The agreement, which lasted about 15 years, gave the computer company free use of the name pretty much everywhere except the music business, where it was reserved for the Beatles' company. (That's a thumbnail recap that lacks some legally-relevant details).

Interesting point to ponder, if nothing else, just because it deals with some big names. Typical music law trademark stuff deals with two regional acts with the same name or a major label artist and a smaller act--it's unusual to see two big names involved.

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