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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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RE: Thermonuclear War Time!!!
By JasonMick on 1/6/2012 10:32:17 AM , Rating: 5
“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?)


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


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?

"And boy have we patented it!" -- Steve Jobs, Macworld 2007

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