Won't Anyone Let This Man Sell A Sarah Palin Xbox 360?

Poor David Morrill. All he ever wanted to do was sell an Xbox 360 that had, of all things, Sarah Palin's autograph scrawled on the side of it. Instead, all he's getting is trouble.

First, unable to sell the console for one million dollars on auction site eBay, he had to drop the asking rate to a more "reasonable" $US25,000. Now eBay is making him remove all mention of the former Alaska State Governor's name from his listing.

"eBay has been nothing but a headache from the day I started this", Morrill tells Kotaku, after the online shopping giant informed him that:

Listings or items that contain a celebrity's name, likeness, or signature may infringe his/her right of publicity. This right is generally defined as an individual's right to control and profit from the commercial use of his/her identity, and is not limited to only celebrities.

That meant he couldn't mention Palin's name in the auction. Couldn't say the signature on the console was hers, even though the photograph to the left - taken by one of Palin's photographers - suggests that it is most likely hers. Nor could he display that image anywhere on the listing.

Why the crackdown on what is, essentially, a novelty listing? Well, just prior to eBay's notices, Palin's team moved to trademark the conservative darling's name. Unconfirmed, but that might have something to do with it.

As a result, Morrill's auction site now exists almost as a middle-fingered salute to both eBay and Palin, advertised as an "XBOX 360 with scribbles" which was "defaced at a picnic of no significance", where "This person grabbed my most prized possession which I just happened to have with me for no special reason, my Xbox 360, and started scribbling on it!"

They're some pricey scribbles; Morrill has left the asking price at $US25,000, making his "now defaced" console the priciest "worthless" Xbox on the internet!

If you'd like to see the "revised" auction - and you should, if only for the item description - you can see it here.


Comments

    Quick, someone get me a baby names book. We need to trademark every name ever so that the whole world can be known as "Hey you!"

    Better yet, we'll trademark that too! People can communicate with points and grunts, unless we can get a trademark on that.

    On second thoughts, lets just go to the movies. oh crap, didn't someone trademark that phrase? I guess we can't go and get some snacks either.

    Remember that trademarked movie "The gods must be crazy"? The phrase has never been more apt than to describe a certain Capitolacracy that thinks they're the democratic bastion of freedom.

    I think once you've signed something and given it away/back it's no longer yours. She was signing something to promote herself..that is the whole point.

    What if you wanted to sell a book and one of its unique points was it was signed by the author? Or a movie was signed by a director/actor etc.?

    It's not like somebody is reproducing her signature for fraud or something.

    He deserves it. For letting Palin ruin a good piece of hardware, of course.

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