Bob Dylan is suing Apple Computer Inc., claiming the company planned to steal his name for a new CD-ROM.
Apple plans to call the product "Dylan" and filed papers seeking a patent under that name, said Dylan's attorney, Joseph Yanny.Dylan, whose real name is Robert Zimmerman, wants a temporary restraining order barring the use of his name.Comment on this story
Apple, according to the lawsuit, also has used the names of other famous people, including Isaac Newton and Carl Sagan, "in a deliberate attempt to capitalize on the good will associated with these famous individuals."
Apple officials did not immediately return a call Thursday.
Sagan, an astronomer, sued Apple last year when he learned his name was the in-house code name for a personal computer Apple was developing. Apple agreed to drop Sagan's name.
A federal judge threw out part of Sagan's lawsuit but left intact his claims that Apple invaded his privacy.