Steve Jobs lifelike action figure is canceled after “immense pressure” from Apple and Jobs family
posted by John V. / Jan 16, 2012, 5:55 PM
However, if you’ve managed to place an order for it, bad news is apparently headed your way – well, it'll depend on how you view it. Specifically, it seems that the toy has been canned completely due to the “immense pressure” from both the Jobs family and Apple’s gun slinging lawyers. On one hand, the move by In Icons to manufacture the action figure was meant to be more of a tribute to the late Apple CEO than anything else, and more importantly, they didn’t think of it to be infringing on any copyright or trademark rights.
Of course, pressure from Apple’s never relenting legal team can cause any human being or company to change their actions – and that’s clearly what we’re seeing here. Meanwhile, the other side of it comes from the Jobs family because the company feels that it's the “heartfelt sensitivity to the feelings of the Jobs family” that helped them to make the decision on canceling the product line entirely.
Aside from making amends to the family, In Icons also expressed its apologies to anyone who placed orders for the toy – and of course, they’ll be issuing refunds. There’s no kidding that some people want to remember the legendary Steve Jobs in some way, but for now, the toy simply isn’t going to be it.
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You can copyright a person? Wow...
posted on Jan 16, 2012, 6:33 PM 3
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well its kind of basic rights… if i were steve jobs family i wudnt want dolls of my family members to be sold either..
posted on Jan 16, 2012, 7:35 PM 3
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@ Xiobnb NO KIDDING! that is such a creepy doll. I'm glad they decided to cancel it; i didnt like steve jobs as a person but out of respect for their family i too wouldnt have wanted a freakish doll lol good call on the cancel
posted on Jan 16, 2012, 6:54 PM 2
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I believe if this actually went to court they would have a case, seeing as you can't actually copywright a person. I'm under the impression the In Icons could not afford to shell out the amount it would cost for legal support against Apple, so they had to cave. It really is a shame.
posted on Jan 16, 2012, 7:26 PM 0
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what's so bad in being idolized to the point that they are going to live in the world using an action figure? isnt it so overwhelming if i can see people down there on earth wanting a piece of me. i feel proud i made a great dent in that universe.
posted on Jan 16, 2012, 10:44 PM 0
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