Just as in The Empire Strikes Back, Han Solo has fallen prey to a vast and powerful empire. But this time it’s Apple.
One of the most creative iPhone cases to date lasted just a matter of days before the lawyers got involved. The Steve Jobs case featured a recreation of the infamous scene of Han Solo being encased in carbonite and, like all works of art, provoked questions in the audience.
The question of course being whose legal team would be onto the matter first: Apple or Lucasfilms. Society6, the site that sold the case, soon reported that it “was issued a cease and desist from Apple’s lawyers. So I’m sorry to say that the cases and skins are no longer available. Sorry for the inconvenience.”
Whether Apple actually had a case (so to speak) is questionable and would lead to an interesting legal debate about the extent to which a person’s name and public image can be protected. (The Star Wars side of things would almost certainly be a situation where such a parody was acceptable.) But that legal debate would likely have proven much more affordable for Society6 than for Apple.
For those still looking for their Han Solo fix, this custom designed desk — which notably is described only as a sci-fi themed product — might be a viable, if expensive, option.