Apple Goes After Toy Company For Making Lifelike Steve Jobs Figurine
January 6, 2012 10:01 AM
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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.
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.
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1/6/2012 11:05:47 AM
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.
1/6/2012 2:01:44 PM
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.
1/9/2012 9:21:38 AM
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!
"What would I do? I'd shut it down and give the money back to the shareholders." -- Michael Dell, after being asked what to do with Apple Computer in 1997
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