Apple Corps has won a preliminary High Court skirmish with Apple Computer in their battle over use of the Apple name and logo.

Apple Corps has won a preliminary High Court skirmish with Apple Computer in their battle over use of the Apple name and logo.

A London judge today (April 6) dismissed an application in which the computer maker argued that the full case should be dealt with by courts in California, not England.

Apple Corps is accusing Apple Computer of breaking the terms of a deal reached in 1991. The Beatles' record company says the deal prohibited the computer giant from using the Apple name and logo for the promotion of music products. Apple Corps claims that the iTunes music store violates the agreement.

The judge said he was satisfied England was "the proper place for this litigation." He took into account whether the original deal struck between the two companies was made in England, whether it was governed by English law and whether there was a threatened breach of it in England.

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