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Apple Forces eBay to Pull Steve Jobs Figurine

By - Source: iPhone Savior | B 35 comments

After the manufacturer was served a cease and desist order, Apple forced eBay to pull auctions for the Steve Jobs action figure.

Last month we reported that China-based manufacturer M.I.C. Gadget was selling an incredibly-detailed Steve Jobs action figure for $79.90. The desktop-sized Apple CEO featured an oversized head, his trademark black shirt/blue jeans outfit, and held up the new iPhone 4 like a magical world-saving talisman in his left hand. It came with an Apple logo stand and cartoon balloons for writing custom messages.

After our report, lawyers representing Apple contacted M.I.C. Gadget and ordered the company to cease the manufacturing and sale of the Steve Jobs action figure. A warning letter from Apple stated that the figurine violated a California statute prohibiting the use of a person's likeness in a product without prior authorization.

Shortly after production stopped, the figurines began to gather on eBay.

According to a report by iPhone Savior, sellers began listing the rare Steve Jobs figurine earlier this month, jacking up the original $79.90 price to nearly $2,500 apiece. Apple's lawyers eventually raided the online marketplace, zeroing in on one Canadian eBay seller who had already sold the figurine for $1,125. eBay then began to remove other listings, telling sellers that the object for sale "violates a celebrity's right of publicity."

"Your item was removed because of a request we received from Apple, Inc., a member of our Verified Rights Owner Program (VeRO), asking us to remove the item," the eBay letter stated.

Of course, that hasn't stopped eBay sellers from trying to make a quick grand or two before eBay's quick sweep of the Ban-hammer. One listing that popped up on the site two days ago (which has since been removed) said: "APPLE HAD ALL STEVE JOBS ACTION FIGURE AUCTIONS REMOVED! BUY IT NOW SO YOU CAN GET ONE! HURRY! NO GUARANTEE THAT THIS AUCTION WILL RUN A FULL DAY!"

As of this writing, there doesn't appear to be additional listings, however Steve Jobs fans can certainly purchase magazines, the made-for-TV movie "Pirates of Silicon Valley" starring Noah Wyle (Steve Jobs), Joey Slotnick (Steve Wozniak) and Anthony Michael Hall (Bill Gates), a Steve Jobs "Hope" T-Shirt, and more Jobs-related items.

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    BadCommand , December 24, 2010 4:05 PM
    Apparently they made comeback here:

    http://www.amazon.com/Zoogster-Costumes-Douche-Bag-Costume/dp/B002IALUJ0
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    Anonymous , December 24, 2010 5:25 PM
    Don't they know images in His likeness are forbidden?
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    Anonymous , December 24, 2010 5:17 PM
    get over your self Jobs.
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  • 8 Hide
    cryogenic , December 24, 2010 3:53 PM
    Grats Apple, you made those figurines worth even more!
  • 11 Hide
    BadCommand , December 24, 2010 4:05 PM
    Apparently they made comeback here:

    http://www.amazon.com/Zoogster-Costumes-Douche-Bag-Costume/dp/B002IALUJ0
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    aftcomet , December 24, 2010 4:12 PM
    lol
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    Anonymous , December 24, 2010 4:32 PM
    At least Steve's cult produces something physically useful and artistic. Zuckerberg's cult makes nothing and adds nothing but inane thoughts and words that serve mainly to sell ads for some sponsor's soap.
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    Anonymous , December 24, 2010 4:51 PM
    Why would an American law be applicable in mainland China? One expects even the most stupid and arrogant lawyer to correctly identify "China" as a foreign country.
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    Anonymous , December 24, 2010 5:17 PM
    get over your self Jobs.
  • 10 Hide
    Anonymous , December 24, 2010 5:25 PM
    Don't they know images in His likeness are forbidden?
  • 8 Hide
    Anonymous , December 24, 2010 5:39 PM
    What a humorless tool Jobs is.
  • 5 Hide
    AMW1011 , December 24, 2010 5:45 PM
    Are Apple employees going to bomb the makers of these things for creating something in the likeness of his holiness, Steve Jobs?

    How the fuck is the even remotely legal?
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    jskilnyk , December 24, 2010 6:36 PM
    I don't understand what the big deal is for both sides. I personally though, wouldn't want an asshole staring at me from my shelf in my house every day. The figurine is also kind of creepy.
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    jerreece , December 24, 2010 7:01 PM
    Quote:
    magical world-saving talisman


    LOL
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    gti88 , December 24, 2010 7:15 PM
    You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth
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    ethaniel , December 24, 2010 7:30 PM
    Can someone be that frakking stupid? They should send the model to China and copy it by the millions...
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    sundragon , December 24, 2010 7:48 PM
    This is news now...
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    bv90andy , December 24, 2010 7:56 PM
    wow. Should have bought one at the begging... can you imagine how expensive these will get?
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    luc2k , December 24, 2010 7:56 PM
    They should release the same figurine with a small tweak, replace Steve's head with a turd and call it Shit Jobs
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    Anonymous , December 24, 2010 8:37 PM
    I would put him on the back of my toilet along with Obama and Pelosi bobble head dolls so they could get mooned everytime I get off the head.
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    pjmelect , December 24, 2010 10:45 PM
    This news was posted on Tom's sometime ago.
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    belardo , December 24, 2010 11:00 PM
    LancheI would put him on the back of my toilet along with Obama and Pelosi bobble head dolls so they could get mooned everytime I get off the head.


    Don't forget your Beck, Murdoch, Cry-baby Bainard dolls.
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    bunz_of_steel , December 25, 2010 12:12 AM
    Can't make a doll to look like Steve Hand-jobs in the US? WTF this country legal system coming to! Oh Yessss sorry, rules for the rich, even their image is protected. Go FO Hand-jobs! Another reason the world hates you! I know you didn't have anything to do with this personally but you DA company bred lawyers do and they represent you my little butt buddy. Sooo keep I'll just keep on steering clear of anything to do with Steve Hand-Jobs. How's date UDF!
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