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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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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
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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...


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