Legal Acrimony Preceded Beatles-Apple Deal

Law360, New York (November 16, 2010, 7:02 PM EST) -- The announcement that The Beatles' songs are now available on Apple Inc.'s iTunes Store caps a decades-long trademark and contract battle between the computer giant and Apple Corps Ltd., the legendary band's company, that was officially settled nearly four years ago but continued to hover over negotiations for digital distribution of Beatles music.

The joint statement released Tuesday by Apple Inc., Apple Corps and the Beatles' record label, The EMI Group, struck a celebratory note in announcing that Beatles music would be on iTunes after years...
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