Recently there was much ado in both legal and tech circles about a possible Steve Jobs doll from In Icons, but the flurry is over now that the company has voluntarily pulled the figurine from the market.
It all began when a Steve Jobs fan at In Icons “created a single figurine of Steve which [was] placed on my desk next to my Mac” four years ago. The figurine had no Mac or Apple logos on it and “was adjusted countless times to achieve his likeness,” in particular the face.
Indeed, according to the Los Angeles Times, the face is said to have included pores and wrinkles as well as Jobs’ signature round wire glasses. Of course it wore a black mock-turtleneck and jeans. The doll’s hands were complete with veins — and the 12-inch tall figurine even came with an extra set of hands (the other set points with the index fingers).
Upon Jobs’ death, In Icons thought this doll would be a nice tribute to a man beloved by so many — for $99.
But before you get too excited about picking up your figurine, an official announcement at the In Icons website has made it clear that at least for now, there will be no Steve Jobs action figure on the market:
Though we still believe that we have not overstepped any legal boundaries, we have decided to completely stop the offer, production and sale of the Steve Jobs figurine out of our heartfelt sensitivity to the feelings of the Jobs family.
In Icons suggests that it will only go ahead with plans to move the doll to market if the Jobs family approves; any outstanding pre-orders will be honored with refunds.
Indeed, it wouldn’t seem as though In Icons would be in violation of Apple’s copyrights or trademarks with the doll, but as noted by FindLaw, “California law still generally prohibits the use of a person’s name, photograph, or likeness in a product without consent.”
So for now, at least, Jobs lovers will have to continue to be content with only memories.