A Fallout fan offering free high resolution downloads of his original fanart has been forced to pull his creations from the Internet after receiving a legal warning from a firm acting on behalf of Bethesda.
As detailed on creator Erling Løken Andersen’s personal blog, law firm DLA Piper has requested that Fallout-posters.com be handed over to Bethesda.
Andersen has taken down the images but is yet to close the website entirely; his account of the proceedings includes a grimly efficient reply to the lawyers and has drawn cheers from fans baffled and confused by seemingly over-zealous IP protection.
Bethesda is yet to comment and it is unclear whether the publisher requested the action or whether it was one of many initiated by the firm as part of a broad brief. We’ve reached our for more information.
The publisher has come under criticism in recent months for another high profile legal process – a trademark dispute of Mojang’s rights to the word Scrolls. The case was settled with the indie game able to go ahead as planned, but Bethesda’s continuing future rights assured, a satisfactory outcome for all.