For two years now David Morill has been trying to hawk the Xbox 360 console he had signed by perpetually grieved half-term Governor Sarah Palin at a picnic. No one wanted it when it was $1,000,000. No one wants it now that it's $25,000. And now eBay doesn't even want it mentioning Palin's name.
Kotaku reports today on what started out as a guaranteed way for the middle-aged Canadian harp rocker to make a cool mil riding the fame of America's Moose Queen, but which has since turned into a glacier-sized headache.
Recently eBay made him remove all mention of Palin's name from the listing, citing its use-of-celebrity-names policy, which states:
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.
Thus, now Morill's listing is for an "Xbox 360 with scribbles," and the edits he was forced to make were done with enough snark to land him a job at Kotaku.
The infamous XBOX 360 with scribbles, was defaced at a picnic of no significance on July 24, 2009, in Wasilla, Alaska, just two days before nothing notable took place. You can own this 60GB Xbox 360, in used condition, vandalized, with scribbles on the side, before November 2012. Why should you own this item before November 2012? As we all know, November is "National Fun with Fondue" month and I will just be too busy dipping things into melted cheese to continue this auction at that point (November 2011 not included).
So if you think that Morill's wit and Palin's penmanship is worth $25K, then by all means . . .