20 Facts About Apple Corps


In 2010, Apple Corps ranked number two on the Fast Company magazine's list of the world's most innovative companies in the music industry, thanks to the release of The Beatles: Rock Band video game and the remastering of the Beatles' catalogue.

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Apple Corps'sidea was to plough their money into a chain of shops not unlike Woolworth's in concept: Apple boutiques, Apple posters, Apple records.

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The Apple Corps logo was designed by Gene Mahon, with illustrator Alan Aldridge transcribing the copyright notice to appear on record releases.

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Beatles' naivete and inability to keep track of their own accounts was eagerly exploited by the employees of Apple Corps, who purchased drugs and alcoholic beverages, company lunches at expensive London restaurants, and international calls made regularly on office telephones, all of which would be treated as business expenses.

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Apple Corps quickly slid into financial chaos, which was resolved only after many years of litigation.

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Apple Corps has had a long history of trademark disputes with Apple Computer .

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The dispute was finally resolved in 2007, with Apple Corps transferring ownership of the "Apple" name and all associated trademarks to Apple Inc, and Apple Inc exclusively licensing these back to the Beatles' company.

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Apple Corps operated in various fields, mostly related to the music business and other media, through a number of subsidiaries.

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Terry Doran MD of Apple Corps Publishing became their manager and they were signed by Deram Records.

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In 2005 Apple Corps lost the US publishing rights for the work of Ham and Evans.

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Apple Corps undertook publishing duties, at various times, for other Apple Corps artists, including Yoko Ono, Billy Preston and the Radha Krishna Temple.

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Apple Corps Books was largely inactive and had very few releases.

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In October 1968, Apple Corps hired Barry Miles, who co-owned the Indica bookshop with John Dunbar and Peter Asher, to manage the proposed spoken-word label.

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In 1978, Apple Corps Records filed suit against Apple Corps Computer for trademark infringement.

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In September 2003, Apple Computer was again sued by Apple Corps, this time for introducing the iTunes Music Store and the iPod, which Apple Corps asserted was a violation of Apple's agreement not to distribute music.

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Apple Corps Computer relied on the Beatles' first use in 1968 to establish ownership and priority of the trademark APPLE MUSIC prior to a 1985 use by a musician of APPLE JAZZ for musical concerts.

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On 16 November 2010, Apple Corps Inc launched the Beatles' entire catalogue in the iTunes Store.

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In July 1987, Apple Corps sued Nike Inc, Wieden+Kennedy, EMI and Capitol Records for the use of the song "Revolution" in a 1987Nike commercial.

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Apple Corps claimed that it was not informed of the use of the song and was not paid for continued use and therefore sued the four companies for $15 million.

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Apple Corps's lawyer responded by stating that Apple Corps cannot take action unless all four shares are in agreement, meaning that Ono must have supported the idea to take legal action at the moment when the decision was made.

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