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Apple threatened In Icons company for making a Steve Jobs doll

Apple is no stranger to throwing lawsuits around, but instead of accusing another company of ripping off its products, it's now blaming them for ripping off its former leader.

In Icons, a Chinese company, recently created an action figure of Apple's former CEO Steve Jobs. Jobs died from pancreatic cancer complications back in October 2011.

The figurine is 12 inches tall and looks nearly identical to Apple's co-founder. It features Jobs' signature black turtleneck, blue jeans, sneakers, glasses, and even has interchangeable hands to show his different movements. The doll also comes with two Apples, one of which has a bite out of it, a "One More Thing" backdrop and a bar stool.


The doll is already up for sale on eBay for $135, and In Icons was set to begin selling it in February. However, if Apple has its way, the Steve Jobs look-alike won't make it to store shelves or consumer's hands.

According to Apple's letter to In Icons, the tech giant owns all rights pertaining to its founder, and the "likeness" of the doll falls under those rights. Toys that resemble the company's logo, appearance, likeness or someone's name are subject to a legal action if not made by Apple itself.

Source: The Telegraph



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but
By GulWestfale on 1/6/2012 10:18:50 AM , Rating: 2
maybe the doll contains a faithful reproduction of someone else's kidney, so at least that part isn't infringing.
and how come he got a new kidney? you can't upgrade his "computers", but he can just go and upgrade himself? what a sellout, man.

and what's with those motivational phrases, he got those off a calendar, right?

and they could just change the hair a bit, change the clothes, and call it a gandhi doll, and then sell the ultragay turtleneck as a separate accessory.




RE: but
By JasonMick (blog) on 1/6/2012 10:23:55 AM , Rating: 5
quote:
maybe the doll contains a faithful reproduction of someone else's kidney, so at least that part isn't infringing.
and how come he got a new kidney? you can't upgrade his "computers", but he can just go and upgrade himself? what a sellout, man.

and what's with those motivational phrases, he got those off a calendar, right?

and they could just change the hair a bit, change the clothes, and call it a gandhi doll, and then sell the ultragay turtleneck as a separate accessory.

Who are you kidding, you know Tony Swash will buy five of these.

My own concern is that he might lose his self control and "defile" the Steve doll one intimate evening.

"Oh Steve... you looked so life like... I couldn't help myself... I'm sorry."


RE: but
By The Raven on 1/6/2012 10:51:48 AM , Rating: 2
5?! He'll buy a whole container full of these things and then use his Jesus phone a la Weird Science to melt them down to make iLazarus.


RE: but
By Sazabi19 on 1/6/2012 11:05:47 AM , Rating: 3
No, he has already contacted a "love doll" manufacturer in Japan and has a special order. He also got a $500 box to ship it in, it's black with a silver apple logo on it.


RE: but
By MrBlastman on 1/6/2012 2:01:44 PM , Rating: 2
I think the doll is fitting. Apple was all about ripping off other ideas and concepts, slapping their logo on them and calling them their own (after tweaking them a little). It looks like the Chinese have tweaked Steve. Seems fair enough to me.


RE: but
By Natch on 1/9/2012 9:21:38 AM , Rating: 4
I'd say the only thing it's missing is a string (or button) on the back, that will make it say famous pithy Steve Jobs phrases. You know, like, "You're holding it wrong", and others like that!


RE: but
By kleinma on 1/6/2012 11:18:37 AM , Rating: 5
Anyone who buys this doll clearly has not read his bio. Otherwise they would know what a total douche he was his entire life. From start to finish. The guy treated everyone like crap on his way to the top, back down to the bottom, and back up to the top again. No one that ever knew him had nothing but good things to say about him.

I would consider a Woz doll, since after all, he was the real brains behind Apple in the early days. Steve was just the non materialistic hippie that for some reason wanted to make millions of dollars selling them.


RE: but
By Kurz on 1/6/2012 11:50:59 AM , Rating: 3
Douche or not he had a massive influence on the market of mobile and desktop electronics.


RE: but
By kleinma on 1/6/2012 12:46:36 PM , Rating: 5
Steve Jobs should be thanked for his contributions to computers and making them "friendly", but he should not be idolized or have dolls made of him. The guy was a prick who did not care at all about the people who helped him make Apple what it is. He cared only about himself.


RE: but
By chagrinnin on 1/6/2012 2:48:08 PM , Rating: 2
I'm looking forward to the pelvis x-ray pics.


RE: but
By Phynaz on 1/6/12, Rating: -1
RE: but
By Cheesew1z69 on 1/6/2012 5:03:58 PM , Rating: 5
It was fitting, sorry you disagree. Tony is a iTool douche and deserves it. Maybe if he wasn't so anal about his love affair with Apple, things might be different.


RE: but
By its tom hanks on 1/6/2012 6:19:17 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Tony Swash has posted a total of 1518 comments at DailyTech, the average comment rating was 0.43.


Not sure if "reader"... or "troll"...


RE: but
By Cheesew1z69 on 1/6/2012 8:16:43 PM , Rating: 2
I vote iTroll.


RE: but
By testerguy on 1/7/12, Rating: -1
RE: but
By nightscooter on 1/7/2012 6:44:56 AM , Rating: 5
I stopped reading the articles ages ago. I just stick around to read the comments :)


RE: but
By its tom hanks on 1/7/2012 11:33:01 AM , Rating: 3
quote:
At least Tony actually includes facts


oh, like the fact that 99.99% of all malware is for windows (that's a 1:9,999 ratio, to simplify your thinking)? that's gotta be my favorite tony fact. he brings up that exact ratio every time malicious software is relevant to anything. and although it's hard to find real numbers of stuff like this, anyone willing to believe that the ratio is 1:9,999 is clearly delusional.


RE: but
By Cheesew1z69 on 1/7/2012 12:51:47 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
You're the only troll on here
Sorry, but no. And facts skewed to make his argument look better? LOL


RE: but
By Cheesew1z69 on 1/7/2012 12:57:44 PM , Rating: 1
quote:
Jason Dick
You have said this several times, let's talk about insults eh? And Tony, he insults people as well. Not sure where you are going with this. His "facts", usually come from some Apple related site, sounds a little biased to me. The majority of educated people, they see right through Tony's crap which is why he is rated down so much.

quote:
Jason Dick
Balanced? LOL

quote:
Put Tony's comments in an unbiased setting and you'll find they are rated far higher.


Go ahead, put his comments is an unbiased setting, he will still get rated down.


RE: but
By ProZach on 1/6/2012 5:38:54 PM , Rating: 2
lol@ "... one intimate evening."

Is it possible to give this a "6" rating? On DailyTech, where Swash-buckling continues? Yes, it is possible ;)


RE: but
By augiem on 1/7/2012 2:18:47 PM , Rating: 2
Tony Swash is becoming a legend. I vote they make a toy of him too! :D


RE: but
By Cheesew1z69 on 1/7/2012 3:19:21 PM , Rating: 2
Maybe in his own mind...


RE: but
By ie5x on 1/8/2012 9:44:40 AM , Rating: 3
Oh but it was the legend himself, fantasizing about his most ardent fan giving him oral pleasures. Famous last words - oh wow, oh wow, oh wow....


RE: but
By spread on 1/8/2012 10:14:30 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Tony Swash will buy five of these.


I have information from a confidential source he already does:

quote:
I already have a Steve Jobs blow up doll. Made it myself from hair and skin flakes I collected from a public bathroom after he used it. - Tony Swash


eh
By chrnochime on 1/6/2012 10:32:02 AM , Rating: 4
They're based in China. I don't see how they can convince China from banning this there.




RE: eh
By Dr of crap on 1/6/2012 10:38:39 AM , Rating: 2
Just what I as thinking.
How does this have ANY effect on them? There in China.
Is Apple looking at world domination with Jobs image?


RE: eh
By FaaR on 1/6/2012 11:29:07 AM , Rating: 2
They could concievably block those dolls from being sold through sites like eBay (which AREN'T based in China), and also block export and sales out of China.

Not too sure the Chinese market is that terribly big for Steve Jobs dolls. Most people there very likely don't even know who the hell he is/was. These things were obviously made for export, and if Apple can put an end to that they'll win without having to win the actual copyright lawsuit.

It's funny that Jobs even made himself an Apple product before he died. Not unexpected of him I think, but a bit creepy all the same.


RE: eh
By Mitch101 on 1/6/2012 11:36:35 AM , Rating: 2
I smell another illegal search and seizure this time in China.


RE: eh
By Reclaimer77 on 1/6/2012 11:52:28 AM , Rating: 1
quote:
Not too sure the Chinese market is that terribly big for Steve Jobs dolls. Most people there very likely don't even know who the hell he is/was.


You're joking right? I'm pretty sure they have an idea who's goods they were making in all those sweatshops and slave labor camps. Ooops I mean "factories".


RE: eh
By FaaR on 1/6/2012 7:24:36 PM , Rating: 1
No I'm not joking, why the hell would they know? Or even care for that matter. Jobs was a continent and an ocean away. Besides, they're not actually working for Apple, they're working for one of any number of Chinese sub-contractors. There won't be any Steve mugshots hanging on the walls in those factories like good ol' Chairman Mao did under the Chinese communist era.

Btw, pretty sure Apple's not using any slave labor either. But hey... Never miss any opportunities to slag the company, deserved or not. It's always the right thing to do at Dailytech. ;)


RE: eh
By Cheesew1z69 on 1/6/2012 8:44:08 PM , Rating: 2
You said Chinese market, and now you are talking about people who build the machines? Obviously, they know who he is over there.


RE: eh
By Reclaimer77 on 1/6/12, Rating: -1
RE: eh
By Dr of crap on 1/6/2012 12:30:02 PM , Rating: 5
I find it strange and weird that ANYONE would WANT a Jobs doll???!!!


RE: eh
By frozentundra123456 on 1/6/2012 5:25:16 PM , Rating: 2
Me too. How creepy.


RE: eh
By tng on 1/7/2012 8:58:37 AM , Rating: 3
quote:
How creepy.
Yeah, that doll is the kind of thing that children fear will come alive at night and get them...

I can hear it now, "But mom, it was looking at me, I swear!"

Just the pic gives me the willies.


RE: eh
By Sazabi19 on 1/6/2012 2:07:37 PM , Rating: 2
Even if the US banned it and took it off ebay, and it wansn't banned in Euorpe, couldn't the European portal for ebay still technically sell it? Just a thought. You will see them either way, collectors or not. I find this doll both commical and disturbing...


Next...
By gladiatorua on 1/6/2012 12:34:36 PM , Rating: 5
Next doll will be real-sized, inflatable and named BlowJobs.




RE: Next...
By gladiatorua on 1/6/2012 12:41:48 PM , Rating: 2
No disrespect, but just couldn't leave this pun alone.


RE: Next...
By FITCamaro on 1/6/2012 1:34:36 PM , Rating: 2
So awesome.....


RE: Next...
By B3an on 1/7/2012 1:10:09 AM , Rating: 2
Or named the iBlowJobs.


RE: Next...
By gladiatorua on 1/8/2012 10:38:08 PM , Rating: 2
This one will be special. For Apple fan-boys. With functionality reduced for one purpose only.


RE: Next...
By ShaolinSoccer on 1/7/2012 11:11:57 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Next doll will be real-sized, inflatable and named BlowJobs.


You made me laugh so hard that I accidentally spit my drink on my monitor...


RE: Next...
By jahinoz on 1/8/2012 11:14:58 PM , Rating: 2
6


RE: Next...
By CyCl0n3 on 1/9/2012 4:21:51 AM , Rating: 2
Epic!!! just Epic.


?
By km9v on 1/6/2012 10:18:28 AM , Rating: 2
Well, at least the didn't name it the iDoll or iJobs.




RE: ?
By amanojaku on 1/6/2012 10:24:01 AM , Rating: 3
The iDoll would have been appropriate, seeing as how anyone buying this would be a zealot.


RE: ?
By Etsp on 1/6/2012 2:29:28 PM , Rating: 5
It's not just an iDoll, it's a false iDoll.


RE: ?
By MrBlastman on 1/6/2012 3:39:21 PM , Rating: 2
^^-Win


RE: ?
By DEVGRU on 1/6/2012 11:20:06 AM , Rating: 2
Can we please stop seeing pictures of this asshole plastered all over the 'net now? He's fucking DEAD. Ding Dong the Wicked Dick is deaaaaaad... nothing to see... move ALONG already.


Thermonuclear War Time!!!
By Reclaimer77 on 1/6/2012 10:27:32 AM , Rating: 1
“I will spend my last dying breath if I need to, and I will spend every penny of Apple’s $40 billion in the bank, to right this wrong. I’m going to destroy In Icons , because it’s a stolen product. I’m willing to go thermonuclear war on this.”

Oh man, shit just got REAL.




RE: Thermonuclear War Time!!!
By JasonMick (blog) on 1/6/2012 10:32:17 AM , Rating: 5
quote:
“I will spend my last dying breath if I need to, and I will spend every penny of Apple’s $40 billion in the bank, to right this wrong. I’m going to destroy In Icons , because it’s a stolen product. I’m willing to go thermonuclear war on this.”

Oh man, shit just got REAL.

I think the fact that Apple owns the likeness of Steve only makes it clear that they're attempting to clone him and imprint his memory into the construct.

I'm guessing they took inspiration from the Empire's attempts to clone Emperor Palapatine as written in the great Star Wars comic "Dark Empire" (I&II)...


RE: Thermonuclear War Time!!!
By Tony Swash on 1/6/12, Rating: -1
RE: Thermonuclear War Time!!!
By Cheesew1z69 on 1/6/2012 12:55:53 PM , Rating: 2
It's obvious you are...


RE: Thermonuclear War Time!!!
By testerguy on 1/7/2012 6:05:32 AM , Rating: 1
Good one Cheesy....

(I know you are but what am I?)

Child.


RE: Thermonuclear War Time!!!
By Cheesew1z69 on 1/7/2012 1:06:11 PM , Rating: 2
Child? No, I am a realist. Big difference.

quote:
Cheesy


Now you are talking like Pirks.

Another sock puppet huh?


RE: Thermonuclear War Time!!!
By alcalde on 1/10/2012 12:21:17 AM , Rating: 3
Thank you. I thought I was the only one who found it creepy not that people would want one of these, but that "the tech giant owns all rights pertaining to its founder". Did they patent Steve Jobs in a fit of legal overzealousness? Have they copyrighted his DNA too? Did Jobs sit down one day and assign all of his "rights" to Apple? Wait, what am I saying, all Apple users do that last bit. :-)

But still... isn't Jobs considered a public figure and thus his likeness able to be used like Obama's is or is that only for politicians?


The Rights to Steve Jobs
By Ristogod on 1/6/2012 10:38:28 AM , Rating: 5
So Apple now owns the licensing rights and patents of Steve Jobs the person?




RE: The Rights to Steve Jobs
By Obujuwami on 1/6/2012 12:29:26 PM , Rating: 4
Yogurt: Steve Jobs the movie! Steve Jobs the cereal! Steve jobs the lunch box! Steve Jobs the toilet paper! Merchandizing! Merchandizing! Merchandizing!


RE: The Rights to Steve Jobs
By alcalde on 1/10/2012 12:22:09 AM , Rating: 2
Does the Steve Jobs cereal have Woz marshmallows?


So....
By FITCamaro on 1/6/2012 1:33:44 PM , Rating: 2
Does it emit an essence of smug?




RE: So....
By FaaR on 1/6/2012 7:28:05 PM , Rating: 3
There's a button on the back that you press to ejaculate some. I guess the article overlooked that.


By The Raven on 1/6/2012 11:07:36 AM , Rating: 3
This seems to be the "Sucessful CEO" edition.

So will there be an "A-hole" edition or an "I'm trying to control the tech world" edition?

Or how about the "I'm so smart, I don't need modern medicine" edition? On the box it says "Mail in 3 UPC codes in a SASE to get a replacement liver in the mail!"

Personally, I'll hold out for the Tim Cook "Ken doll". He is so dreamy!




Cancer too?
By rmaytard on 1/6/2012 3:24:13 PM , Rating: 3
Does it also come with pancreatic cancer? Do you have to feed it a special diet in an attempt to cure the cancer too?




Hmmm
By integr8d on 1/6/2012 10:17:39 PM , Rating: 3
Obvious question is what happens when a real person actually resembles Jobs too closely. Does Apple own that person?




Fine Job
By Tedtalker1 on 1/7/2012 12:42:47 AM , Rating: 3
They did a fantastic job on his likeness. It looks
very lifelike, as though it is a photo of Steve himself.
They really got it right except for the wrist junctions.
Needs to be seamless. Steve would approve it then.




If they do make them illegal...
By abscode on 1/7/2012 4:36:48 AM , Rating: 3
If they do make them illegal, like the real Jobs, they'll just go underground.




I dont care who makes it.
By semiconshawn on 1/8/2012 3:21:12 PM , Rating: 3
Gross.




The Dear Leader
By Peter898 on 1/6/2012 11:27:43 AM , Rating: 2
I'm planning to market a kit containing
a Jobs-doll and 10 large needles.
The invention is already patented and will be sold under the name 'iWoodoo' .




Heh
By sprockkets on 1/6/2012 12:35:54 PM , Rating: 2
This is nothing new, even if considering this is a new low for apple. Someone in california tried to do this, and the law they used against it was prohibiting the parody of a life like person without permission.

Quite lame.




Is it just me?
By Kefner on 1/6/2012 1:39:46 PM , Rating: 2
Is it just me, or does that look like Stanley Tucci?

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001804/




how dare you!
By NellyFromMA on 1/6/2012 2:41:37 PM , Rating: 2
how dare you make a doll in the likeness of the great saint Steve Jobs! Sounds like muhamad, give me a break. And yes, I like to speak muhamad wrong.




Oh dear
By NJoy on 1/6/2012 5:02:35 PM , Rating: 2
People, remember - every time you bite an apple, you infringe on Apple patents!

Seriously, wtf, how can you patent a person?




The other
By Etern205 on 1/6/2012 6:11:27 PM , Rating: 2
Steve figurine by MIC gadgets was better. Not as creepy as this, and you get a set of bubble cards to write some
of his quotes.




Wonder what the
By StormyKnight on 1/8/2012 4:30:05 AM , Rating: 2
lead content is in this figurine? Wonder if it has a "factory only" replaceable battery? Wonder if it will have to be returned much like my 1st gen iPod because of fire issues?




By dark matter on 1/9/2012 5:59:56 AM , Rating: 2
I never realised looking like someone was copyrightable.
What about those poor souls who look like Steve, are they now expected to pay Apple royalties.




Just wait
By 0ldman on 1/9/2012 10:07:38 AM , Rating: 2
They can say all Jobs dolls were made for Robot Chicken, which is covered under parody laws.




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