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October 25, 2012

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Cool story about the Beatles and the real inspiration for this label here:

http://popculturesafari.blogspot.com/2012/10/apple-gets-beatles-apple-label-but-does.html

Actually Sosumi was a result of being sued by Carl Sagan, not for anything to do with the Beatles.

Yes, in the same way that I pay Safeway money to take groceries from them.

There's a lot of history of conflict over the Apple name. The Beatles originally sued the electronics firm after George Harrison saw an ad for Apple Computers. An agreement was reached at that time, allowing the electronics company to use the name Apple as long as they never made music products. That's why one of the beep sounds is named "sosumi," meaning "so sue me."
Apple Computer Inc., now Apple Inc., eventually did go into music products, and more lawsuits ensued. Its been a fascinating story. As a huge fan of both Apples, though, it surprises me that Apple Inc. ended up owning the granny smith.

No, Apple won their case against the Beatles who were trying to stop Apple Inc. from using their Apple logo associated with iTunes. Winning the Apple Corps logo was a side benefit and the money was a good faith gesture to gain the Beatles music on iTunes.

So apple basically paid the Beatles $500 million to take their Granny Smith apple logo from them?

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