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Eversheds has advised Apple Corps, one of its longest-standing clients, on two headline-grabbing deals relating to legendary pop group The Beatles.
Last week saw the release of The Beatles’ entire digitally remastered back catalogue, along with the release of computer game The Beatles: Rock Band on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Wii.
The launches were timed to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the release of the group’s final studio album Abbey Road.
The two deals, as well as another with Disney to produce a new version of the group’s animated film Yellow Submarine in 2012, provided Eversheds with six months of work for Apple.
Partner Nick Valner, who led the Eversheds team on all of the matters, said the raft of agreements, which included name and likeness rights as well as trademark and publishing issues, were particularly complex. “This is the public culmination of around six months of legal work,” Valner added.
Eversheds assistant Andrew Terry also worked on the deal with video game company Harmonix Music Systems, while associate Neil Mohring assisted on the EMI and Disney deals.
Disney handled the deal in-house, while London-based Mayer Brown partner Steve Gare advised EMI.