Bang Bang Maxwell’s Silver iPod and the Absurdity of Licensing
Britain, UK news from The Times and The Sunday Times – Times Online Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da, Ob-La-gimme 75 million cause your name is Apple too!
Ok, so normally I’m not that much of an Appleheaded fanboy, but this is ridiculous. The Beatles want to sue Apple Computer for getting into the music business? What kind of a crazy world do we live in and what was that thing that Shakespeare once said about all the lawyers?
From the Times Online: “Apple Corps, owned by the former Beatles and their heirs, still owns the licensing rights to Beatles’ products. It is claiming that the introduction of iTunes broke a $26 million settlement under which Apple Computer agreed to steer clear of the music business, for which the Beatles’ company retains the famous trademark. It is the latest clash in one of Britain’s longest-running corporate legal battles.”
Nobody is ever going to confuse iTunes or an iPod with those vinyl records that the Beatles sold a ways back.
This seems to me yet another example of some company looking to profit off of someone else’s success just because some barrister out there needs a new pair of shoes. The next thing you know The Beatles are going to be after Apple Computer because, well, they’re here, there and everywhere, and, well, didn’t we once write a song like that?