by Mike Masnick
Mon, Dec 27th 2010 4:13am
Remember, a few weeks back, how Apple went after a Chinese company making Steve Jobs figurines and forced it to stop selling them? As you might expect, the attention from the legal threat only served to create much more interest in the figurines, and the few folks who got their hands on them before the offering was shut down, quickly moved to eBay, where they started selling for thousands of dollars... until Apple complained and eBay killed all of the auctions under its VeRO program. This actually strikes me as a bit odd. I could see Steve Jobs making the request, but should eBay listen to a company that requests a takedown of an individual's likeness, even if that individual is the company's CEO? After all, Apple does not own Steve Jobs' likeness...
Of course, we still think it's silly that Apple's so worked up about all this in the first place.
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