by Tom Kaneshige

Steve Jobs in A Doll’s House

Jan 05, 20121 min
iPhoneIT LeadershipLegal

Apple lawyers say no to creepy Steve Jobs doll. Check out other Jobs-like products.

Breaking news: Steve Jobs to star in A Doll’s House.

Okay, not really.

But this week’s odd Apple news is the unveiling of a miniature lifelike Jobs doll prototype. The doll and its Chinese manufacturer, In Icons, quickly drew the ire of Apple’s crack legal team.

The Daily Telegraph reports that Apple lawyers sent In Icons a letter that warns, “any toy that resembles the technology company’s logo, person’s name, appearance or likeness of its products is a criminal offense.”

(Wired reported that, under California law, personality rights last for 70 years after a person’s death.)

Here are images of the creepy Jobs doll:


Truth is, all sorts of companies have been making dolls and everything else in Jobs’ likeness. M.I.C. Gadget created a Jobs doll and got the same treatment from Apple legal. Here is M.I.C. Gadget’s doll:


Heck, while we’re at it, here are other attempts at making an artificial Jobs (sorry, no Bobble Head yet):