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A spokesperson for Apple records in London expressed surprise first over the use of the Fab Four by a conservative, pro-death penalty politician, assuring the Voice that Neil Aspinall, the managing director and head of Apple would be pursuing the matter. Unfortunately, the folks who produced the commercial for Pataki have cleverly skirted any legal problems by using neither a Beatles photo nor their actual recordings.
According to Burt Neubourne, a professor at NYU and former legal director of the ACLU, Apple won't get far. "The Beatles are a cultural icon who spent their lives giving their privacy up. As long as they are not mispresented as endorsing Pataki, there's nothing they can do about it."
As it turns out, Mr. Pataki is not even particularly fond of the Fab Four. "He's got nothing against the Beatles, but actually the governor is a big Rolling Stones fan," says Pataki press secretary Michael Marr. "The Stones are his band."