updated 12:00 pm EST, Thu January 5, 2012
Claims copying Jobs' likeness may be criminal
Apple is threatening to sue Hong Kong company InIcons over its Steve Jobs figure, says UK newspaper The Telegraph. The product is set to go on sale next month for $100, and copy many details of Jobs' signature look, from facial features down to his sneakers. Apple, though, is reportedly claiming in a letter to InIcons that it has the rights to Jobs' likeness, along with more standard likenesses such as logos, products, and names.
The Telegraph notes that the figure recently appeared in an eBay auction for $135, but the listing was quickly ended. The InIcons product is not the first time an unauthorized Jobs figure has gone on sale. A MIC Gadget offering sold in small numbers before likewise being shut down by Apple. Some buyers turned around and put their purchases on eBay, where prices escalated to as high as $2,500.