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Fallout fanart site threatened with lawsuit

Wednesday, 18th April 2012 04:48 GMT By Brenna Hillier

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.

Thanks, GameInformer.

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11 Comments

  1. Phoenixblight

    Wow, Bathesda is totally going to kill its own franchise with this type of attacking.

    Silent Hill has a lot of fan art and fan sites you know what Konami does with this sites? They invite them to the studio to come and see their newest games. Thats something Bathesda should be doing not smacking them around and telling them no.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Christopher Jack

    I still like Bethesda but their lawyers make me cringe.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. LOLshock92

    I hate you, Bethesda.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Brenna Hillier

    You should give Bethesda the benefit of the doubt until we know more. It’s quite possible the law firm was hired to track down copyright infringements, and sent hundreds of these warnings without checking them out very thoroughly. They may just drop it immediately.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Phoenixblight

    @4

    So they are doing a form of blindly warning instead of actually looking at the sites? Sorry that still doesn’t play right. The lawyers just seem to be going for whatever has the name of the franchise without looking at the source.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Brenna Hillier

    @5 yes, that’s exactly what a lot of law firms do when given this kind of brief. That’s what I’m saying.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Stardog

    Now where’s the news stories about their heavily advertised Creation Kit being completely broken?

    http://forums.bethsoft.com/topic/1352954-unofficial-creation-kit-modding-bug-list-3/

    #7 2 years ago
  8. silkvg247

    Common sense – what happened to it?

    I’m an artsy gal myself and I now despise Bethesda. Won’t buy any of their games henceforth.

    Seriously everytime they’re in the news they are suing some poor bastard. I’m sick of them. I wish people would show that they oppose their corporate actions by boycotting their products.

    But this takes it one step too far. That dude made all those himself, by hand. Fuck you Bethesda. I don’t care if it’s the lawers acting on your behalf – if you had any decency you woudln’t be letting them run around on a free leash unchecked in the first place. You should use the law when you need it, you should not use the law to be a bully. Utter wankers, the lot of you.

    Sorry for the strong language, but for whatever reason this one really hit a nerve.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. NeoSquall

    @6 And this is simply not right but hey, we’re talking about lawyers…

    #9 2 years ago
  10. rainer

    Bethesda seems to be on a mission to burn away any good will towards the company.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. OrbitMonkey

    I like the fact, that when the whole Scrolls bullshit was being played out, the guys working on Skyrim, put Notch’s Pickaxe in the game as a blatant sign of how they felt about Bethesda’s overzealous legal team.

    #11 2 years ago

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