Steve Jobs Doll Likely Legal in Most of U.S.

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When Chinese toy company In Icon announced last week the February release of a 12-inch highly-detailed Steve Jobs doll, Apple was quick to threaten legal action. However, according to paidContent’s Jeff Roberts, likeness rights only apply to living people in 38 U.S. states, giving In Icon the ability to sell its toy in most of the country.

California is among those that recognize likeness rights after death, so Mr. Jobs’ home state will likely be off-limits. Mr. Roberts noted that Indiana offers the strongest post-mortem protection, with a century of restriction of commercial use of someone’s image without consent. Germany and Argentina are among the countries that have similar laws on the books, so In Icon will likely run into some trouble overseas too.

Mr. Roberts noted that a five-year-old case in New York state set one of the precedents in this legal area: it was ruled that no one had the exclusive rights to Marilyn Monroe’s image in New York, and efforts to change the law failed. He also cited a scholarly article that suggested the Steve Jobs doll will be verboten in these states: Indiana, Illinois, Texas, Connecticut, Georgia, Florida, California, Ohio, Virginia, Washington, New Jersey, Nevada, Nebraska, Kentucky, Tennessee and Oklahoma.

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5 Comments Leave Your Own

skipaq

Would be nice to have a talking version. Nothing like being told your an idiot doing crap work every morning to get you going.

Lee Dronick

Would be nice to have a talking version. Nothing like being told your an idiot doing crap work every morning to get you going.

Well maybe a Gunny Ermey action figure, link not safe for work or delicate ears. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U3vUzQrEglk

jfbiii

Would be nice to have a talking version. Nothing like being told your an idiot doing crap work every morning to get you going.

That would be awesome. Reminds me of my favorite Calvin and Hobbes cartoon.

mhikl

Rumour has it that Chinese toy company In Icon is hiring a slew of lawyers to defend its Jobs doll agin the onslaught of Samsung copies.

Meanwhile, Samsung is having trouble keeping the dolls’ eyeballs from rolling backwards into its head. Not a crowd pleaser.

cb50dc

Maybe In Icon can do a cross-promotional thing with Psystar.

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