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 2:07:37 PM
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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