THE BEATLES‘ record label APPLE are suing APPLE COMPUTERS over its ITUNES online music store.
It has accused the US computer giant of breaching an agreement by using the apple logo and Apple name to promote music products.
Apple Corps, the London-based company owned by Sir Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, and the widows of John Lennon and George Harrison, has begun legal proceedings in the High Court.
ananova reports the company is seeking damages and an injunction to enforce the terms of an agreement made in 1991.
In a statement, Apple Corps said: “The agreement was concerned with the future use of the name Apple and use of the companies’ respective well-known logos of apples.
“Specifically, complaint is made over the use by Apple Computer of the word Apple and apple logos in conjunction with its new application for downloading pre-recorded music from the Internet.”
The iTunes programme enables computer users to download music online. It currently has about 200,000 songs available after striking deals with various record labels.
Katie Cotton, vice-president of worldwide communications for Apple Computers, said in a statement: “Over a decade ago, Apple signed an agreement with Apple Corps, a business controlled by The Beatles and their heirs, which specified the rights each company would have to use the Apple trademark.”
Cotton added: “Unfortunately, Apple and Apple Corps now have differing interpretations of this agreement and will need to ask a court to resolve this dispute.”