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Apple Says iTunes 'Within Our Field of Use'
Friday, March 31st, 2006 at 11:25 AM - by Staff
Apple Computer attorney Anthony Grabiner on Thursday told a British court: "Data transmission is within our field of use, that's what the 1991 deal says and it is inescapable." According to Playlist, Apple Corps lawyer Geoffrey Vos revealed that Apple Computer had offered Apple Corps US$1 million before the iTunes Music Store opened and was denied.
Mr. Vos also took the opportunity to show the iTunes Music Store to the presiding judge and point out how often Apple's logo appears. That logo is the heart of the Apple vs. Apple dispute: according to the previous legal agreement between the companies, Apple Computer can't sell music on such physical media as cassette or CD. While Apple says that the iTMS adheres to that agreement because it doesn't sell music on physical media, Mr. Vos countered: "Permanent downloads are the new CDs."
The court case opened on Wednesday and was expected to last five days.
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