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Erling Andersen loved Fallout so much he started his own website where he offered Fallout-style posters for fans to download for free. Bethesda did not appreciate this.
Andersen said he registered the domain name Fallout-posters.com last December, only to have Bethesda lawyers contact him weeks later asking for the website to be taken down and for the website name to be handed over.
"Now, I’m not out looking for trouble. I set up the website out of pure 'fandom', and the last thing I wanted – or expected – was to be threatened with a lawsuit by Bethesda," Andersen wrote. "What pisses me off isn’t the fact that they’re looking out for their trademark – as they have every right to do so. What I’m pissed about are large companies abusing their monetary power, hiring global law firms to go after a fan online, immediately threating with a lawsuit.
"Had they had the slighest bit of PR-savyness, they would have shot me a quick personal mail asking me to remove the (supposed) infringing content – and preferrably sent me some nice Fallout-swag as a nice gesture (yes, I am that corrupt)."
Andersen has removed the posters from his website, but still remains the owner of the website name.
Game Informer has contacted Bethesda for comment.
Very depressing to read news like this. I love Bethesda games, but after the fallout MMO mess that happened a while ago, I wouldn't put this past Bethesda...
Bethesda really needs to fire their lawyer firm. This is just plain stupid.
Is this REALLY needed? People love fallout but a lawsuit with a man who wanted to put up posters of fallout things is just a bit to much. I know that its against the law and big companies love the word sue but you really don't need to sue everyone who just loves fallout. So Bethesda's lawyers calm down, its not like hes going to become the next billionar
Just another big business marking its "territory."
Bethesda works with grumpy lawyers...
I suggest everyone go to the source and read his response, the end of which is particularly entertaining. Good luck Mr Anderson!
Indeed, the lawyers are the ones that suck here (and by extension Bethesda for hiring them). Sucks that things turned out this way.
What a bummer.. I only just heard about the site now.. GG Bethesda, you giant jerkoffs.
I see it coming. bethEsdA...
but I prefer Bugthesda
If the posters were directly from Fallout, I would understand. The posters were "Fallout-related", GET OVER YOURSELVES, BETHESDA! If Nintendo would have pulled jerk-moves like that and got money for every fan-inspired project over the Internet, they would be able to run the Japanese government with all that money...
Videogame Developers are supposed to take pride in there work, and this is another reason for every creditable gamer to consider Publishers evil.
Was Bethseda purchased by EA or Activision recently?