Friday, February 09, 2007

Apple vs. Apple: The Settlement

As I've noted in a couple of previous posts, Apple (the computer company) and Apple (the recording label) have been entangled in some legalities for a few years, but now they've finally reached a settlement:
The settlement gives Cupertino-based Apple Inc. ownership of the name and logo in return for agreeing to license some of those trademarks back to London-based Apple Corps - guardian of The Beatles' commercial interests - for their continued use.
It ends the ongoing trademark lawsuit between the two companies, with each side paying its own legal costs. Other terms of the settlement were not disclosed.
And how, they can get to work getting the Beatles' catalogue on the iTunes Music Store, something that is being eagerly-awaited by many, I'm sure.

This is right up there with Underwater Basketweaving: Colleges in Malaysia may soon offer courses on how to keep public restrooms clean.

At least half of this headline is newsworthy: Man bites dog; dog bites back.

But "man vs. snake" is newsworthy: A Brazilian man saved his grandson from the clutches of an anaconda by beating it with rocks and a knife for half an hour.

And this is the most newsworthy one of all: The police chief in Kewaskum, Wisconsin wrote himself a $235 ticket for driving past a stopped school bus that had its flashers on.

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