Monday, February 5, 2007

Apple and Apple Come Together

Apple Inc. (the former Apple Computer) and Apple Corps (the IP holding company of the Fab Four) have settled their latest legal squabble. The first one dates back to 1978, but as computers have developed more musical capabilities, the two have been back in court in 1989, 1991 and most recently over iTunes in 2003. Wikipedia has an overview chronology with interesting tidbits on the settlement amounts, even though their interpretation of the effect on Apple's strategy is suspect. A key public document on the case — the 1991 trademark license between the two — is available at FindLaw.

As someone who once had to write entertainment headlines at his school paper, I think the humor possibilities from the Beatles' backlist are limitless. (Well, OK, they only recorded 293 different titles, but that's still a lot.)

The Motley Fool said “Apple, Beatles Let it Be.” My own ideas also included

  • Jobs to McCartney: I Get By With a Little Help from My Friends
  • Jobs, McCartney Prove "We Can Work It Out"
But that (counting the headline of this post) only uses 4 of the 293 titles. The complete list of possibilities is available (at John Mark's I Am The Beatles fan site) in part A and part B. Of course, the possibilities extend beyond headlines: Eric Pfanner’s lead in the New York Times talks about the end of the “long and winding road.”

Blogger Jon Shurkin says “Insert Bad Beatles Pun Here,” but I refuse to concede that there is such a thing as a bad pun. Some puns just elicit more groans than others.

Please post your ideas below.

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1 comment:

Jane Sales said...

It's been a hard day's fight?