Puts a spike through the heart of the SJ Action Figure resale market on eBay
"Your item was removed because of a request we received from Apple, Inc., a member of our Verified Rights Owner Program (VeRO), asking us to remove the item for: Item(s) violates a celebrity's right of publicity."
That, according to iPhone Savior, is the text of a message received from eBay (ebay) by a Canadian seller who was asking $1,250 for one of the few Steve Jobs figurines that made it out of Hong Kong last month.
As you might recall, lawyers representing Apple (aapl) ordered M.I.C Gadget, a Chinese specialty manufacturer, to stop selling its $99 SJ Action Figure late last month. According to Apple's warning letter, the figurine violated a California statute that prohibits use of a person's likeness in a product without prior consent.
Two weeks later, the toys started appearing -- and apparently selling -- on eBay at a Buy-It-Now price of $2,500.
That game ended this week.
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As of Wednesday morning, there were no SJ Action Figures to be had anywhere on eBay, even for ready money.
The last auction, posted Tuesday, tried to cash in on the controversy:
"APPLE HAD ALL STEVE JOBS ACTION FIGURE AUCTIONS REMOVED!" read the description. "BUY IT NOW SO YOU CAN GET ONE! HURRY! NO GUARANTEE THAT THIS AUCTION WILL RUN A FULL DAY!"
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