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Steve Jobs Doll Draws Legal Threats from Apple

By - Source: Telegraph | B 60 comments

Cupertino still doesn't like the idea of a Steve Jobs doll, it seems.

When Steve Jobs passed away, tributes poured out from around the world. The Apple founder and CEO was hailed as a visionary and was destined to be remembered for the impact he had on the electronics industry. However, it seems there's one tribute to Jobs that Apple has not appreciated: The Steve Jobs action figure.

Earlier this week, we reported on In Icon's anatomically correct Steve Jobs doll. It reminded us of the bubble-headed doll from M.I.C. Gadget that Apple banned over a year ago citing trademark infringement. Considering that doll, which was more a caricature of Jobs, was enough to illicit a response from Apple's legal team, we're not in the least bit surprised that this very realistic doll has attracted similar attention. 

The Telegraph reports that the doll, originally scheduled to go on sale in February, may not hit shelves at all if Apple is successful in its bid to stop the Chinese manufacturer from producing it. The British paper reports that Cupertino apparently said in a letter to In Icons that any toy that resembles the Apple's logo, person's name, appearance or likeness of its products is a criminal offense. This is similar to the claims made by Apple when it forced M.I.C Gadget to stop production on last year's Steve Jobs doll. At the time, Cupertino said that "unauthorized use of a person's name and/or likeness constitutes a violation of California Civil Code Section 3344, which prohibits the use of any person’s name, photograph or likeness in a product without that person’s prior consent [...]."

However, it seems Apple may not have such an easy time banning the doll this time around. According to Paid Content, Apple's claim is 'largely bogus.'

"Apple's legal claim is largely bogus. While people can indeed own rights to their likeness, those rights usually apply only to living people," writes Jeff Roberts. "Unlike other forms of intellectual property like patents or copyrights, image rights do not survive beyond the grave in most places," he continues, adding that under U.S. law, "personality rights" only exist on a state level and only about a dozen states recognize image rights after death.

According to the manufacturer, the doll includes one realistic head sculpture and two pairs of glasses, one highly articulated body and three pairs of hands, one black turtleneck and a pair of blue jeans, one black leather belt, one pair of black socks, one pair of sneakers, and one chair. There's also two apples, one of which has a bite, and a hard backdrop that reads "One More Thing."

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    AznCracker , January 7, 2012 4:38 PM
    Apple does not own Steve Jobs. Steve Jobs is not a trademark of Apple.
  • 35 Hide
    SoiledBottom , January 7, 2012 4:47 PM
    I just happened to get my hands on one of these life like Steve Jobs action figures and let me tell you its the real deal.

    1 - It took me to court and sued me
    2 - It slept with my sisters Barbie doll, got it pregnant, then claimed the baby Barbie doll wasn't his
    3 - When I pulled the string for it to talk, it said, It would empty my bank account of every last dollar to sue Android and all there devices
    4 - When you buy a Steve Jobs action figure these an option for an army of lawyers (sold separately)
  • 33 Hide
    sublime2k , January 7, 2012 4:08 PM
    Again with the visionary bullsh*t.
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  • 33 Hide
    sublime2k , January 7, 2012 4:08 PM
    Again with the visionary bullsh*t.
  • 33 Hide
    Anonymous , January 7, 2012 4:20 PM
    gosh that picture of him is creepy. he is staring at me telling me to buy his over priced products.
  • 42 Hide
    AznCracker , January 7, 2012 4:38 PM
    Apple does not own Steve Jobs. Steve Jobs is not a trademark of Apple.
  • 35 Hide
    SoiledBottom , January 7, 2012 4:47 PM
    I just happened to get my hands on one of these life like Steve Jobs action figures and let me tell you its the real deal.

    1 - It took me to court and sued me
    2 - It slept with my sisters Barbie doll, got it pregnant, then claimed the baby Barbie doll wasn't his
    3 - When I pulled the string for it to talk, it said, It would empty my bank account of every last dollar to sue Android and all there devices
    4 - When you buy a Steve Jobs action figure these an option for an army of lawyers (sold separately)
  • 6 Hide
    kyee7k , January 7, 2012 4:48 PM
    The thumb is missing.
  • 26 Hide
    jellico , January 7, 2012 4:48 PM
    sublime2kAgain with the visionary bullsh*t.

    Yeah, I hear you!

    azncrackerApple does not own Steve Jobs. Steve Jobs is not a trademark of Apple.

    I was thinking the EXACT same thing. Since when is Steve Jobs or his likeness a registered trademark of Apple? Only his family has a right to sue.
  • 15 Hide
    Saxie81 , January 7, 2012 4:53 PM
    Forget the legal battle... Who is going to buy it?
  • 27 Hide
    Milleman , January 7, 2012 5:00 PM
    This really confirms that Apple is a religious sect. It's just like the Islamic issue, where no one is allowed to depict Mohammed. So here we have it: -No one is allowed to depict Steven Jobs!
  • 17 Hide
    CDdude55 , January 7, 2012 5:01 PM
    Who cares just let them make the figurines, Apple just likes to sue everybody and anything.
  • 22 Hide
    chumly , January 7, 2012 5:04 PM
    Apple sues for their patent of Steve Jobs.
  • 20 Hide
    freggo , January 7, 2012 5:18 PM
    Just creepy...
    Looks like a barbie doll for the gay community; and I am going to get burned for saying that of course :-)
  • 9 Hide
    michalmierzwa , January 7, 2012 5:28 PM
    Steve Jobs doll is a brilliant idea! Children need role models to play with when growing up. Who wants to be like Barbie, Ken Supermen or any of the fantasy comic characters when they grow up? Unrealistically few.

    I think, children from young age could develop various technological interests stemming from the character of the doll they play with. Imagine playing with Bill Gates Doll or Mark Zuckerberg doll. LOL.
  • 15 Hide
    freggo , January 7, 2012 5:39 PM
    OK, I want a Hugh Hefner doll. With extra bathrobes of course.
  • 6 Hide
    Anonymous , January 7, 2012 5:46 PM
    Don't be afraid bibleblack. Steve Jobs is dead and can't hurt you anymore.
  • 17 Hide
    keyanf , January 7, 2012 5:51 PM
    "Draws Legal Threats from Apple"

    If I had a dime for every time I heard that, I'd be sued by Apple.
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    g4114rd0 , January 7, 2012 6:19 PM
    If it looks like a nurse geyperman
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    may1 , January 7, 2012 6:29 PM
    On a different note, I find it disgusting that a company is making money from dolls of a dead person.
  • 14 Hide
    makaveli316 , January 7, 2012 6:37 PM
    I want to see Apple's bankruptcy or something, cause i'm tired of seeing only news about them and most of them stupid at that. Every site i visit, there's always something about those douchebags. Apple this, Apple that, Apple and their freakin' ridiculous patents, ecc.
    I started to hate apples, you know....the fruit.....
    So if i had one wish, i would ask Apple to fail big time.
  • 11 Hide
    Anonymous , January 7, 2012 6:51 PM
    I guess the cats out of the bag.. Steve jobs was an invention of apple, not the other way around at all!
  • 12 Hide
    memadmax , January 7, 2012 7:38 PM
    So, when does Apple sacrifice 100 virgins and cows in order to communicate with steve in the netherworld?
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