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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: eh
By Reclaimer77 on 1/6/2012 11:52:28 AM , Rating: 1
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
"A lot of people pay zero for the cellphone ... That's what it's worth." -- Apple Chief Operating Officer Timothy Cook

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