Beatles lose Apple legal battle

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The Independent Online

Sir Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and the families of the dead Beatles have been left with a legal bill of up to £5m from their failed court case against the American computer giant Apple.

A judge ruled Apple Computers had not breached an agreement with the Beatles' record label, Apple Corps, to stay out of the record industry when it founded the iTunes store. Apple Corps must now pay Apple's and its own costs.

Apple Corps has been granted leave to take its case to the Court of Appeal.