The Steve Jobs doll was available online for the low price of $79. After selling out of their first batch of 300 they received the almighty Cease and Desist from Cupertino Lawyers. The M.I.C. Gadget website put up a short blurb indicating that they have received an email from a law firm representing Apple. In that email it was said that they (MIC) that Apple had not consented to the use of their trademarks or copyrights.
The email said: “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…”
It’s unclear where the exact copyrights are violated as there is no apple logo on the box. The California law about name and likeliness is probably the case. The company hasn’t said what it will do with the first 300 paid orders but for now has taken the item off the market.
Source: Fortune Tech
Photo: M.I.C. Gadget