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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.
So does this mean that the band Fallout boy can get sued for having the Fallout name? lol what a joke
Fallout content and materials are trademarks and copyrights of Bethesda Softworks or its licensors. All rights reserved.
Fallout and Fallout 2 are Copyright © 1997, 1998 Interplay Productions, Irvine, California, USA. Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas are Copyright © 2008, 2010 Bethesda Softworks LLC, a ZeniMax Media company. Fallout, Fall out, Prepare for the Future and related logos are trademarks or registered trademarks of Bethesda Softworks LLC in the U.S. and/or other countries. All Rights Reserved.
Fallout-Posters.com is a fansite and not affiliated with or endorsed by Bethesda Softworks. Please don't sue. (UPDATED: DAMN, too late!) All design reinterpretations are subject of Fair Use under the Copyright Act of 1976, 17 U.S.C. § 107. Copyright Erling Løken Andersen 2011, 2012. All rights reserved.
From the artist's site? Isn't the legal-ese in this clear enough?
Perhaps Bethesda doesn't realize this.... but people don't just play their games..... they follow-up on news about their games and the people who make them. When those people act like greedy, profit-mongering whores, it diminishes their fan base. So hopefully they get a clue.
Also - to Bethesda's legal team - Please, sue me for what I said. I'm pretty sure that I'm expressing my right to free speech, but the way you've been acting (Notch/Minecraft and now this...) would indicate that you guys are a little cash hungry. So, please, feel free to sue me... I'll gladly look into a counter-suit.
"The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers."-Henry The Sixth, Part 2 Act 4, scene 2, 71–78.
I could see where they would want to stop him infringing but the whole lawsuit thing is way overboard.
lawyers are jerks >:(
Wow, unbelievable. This is a little too far for me. Like he said a quick email would've been the way to go rather then firing the lawyers on all cylinders. Nothing against protecting you trademark, but it's better to look classy then jerky.
Maybe Bethesda should fire a few of their lawyers and put that money towards some better QA. That way they'll stop looking like fools every time they release a game that has so many F'ing bugs.
Looks to me like he stated that all content started with Bethesda and ZeniMax ect.. and he included the Fair Use under the Copyright Act of 1976 comment all at the bottom of the paig. Why doesn't any of that seem to matter? It was a fan site dedicated to their games and art not some personal money maker. It's all just so damn pathetic. We can't enjoy the concept in our own way and we can't ever use thier words for anything either. Sorry, we own the word "Scrolls" now so don't say it or print it. We own "The" also. Did you just refer to your grandparents as "Elders"? Legal team, GO!
i've been a huge fan of Bethesda since day one, i'm talking hardcore fan. (ever play hunted?) and with this hugely blown-out-of-proportion series of events, Besthesda felt nececary to threaten a lawsuit!?!?! TO A FAN!?!?!?! ok guys, chill out or you are going to lose a LOT of support, myself included.
i've been a huge fan of Bethesda since day one, i'm talking hardcore fan. (ever play hunted?) and with this hugely blown-out-of-proportion series of events, Bethesda felt nececary to threaten a lawsuit!?!?! TO A FAN!?!?!?! ok guys, chill out or you are going to lose a LOT of support, myself included.
That's bullsh*t. c'mon Bethesda.
First Mojang, now this?
Bethesda... Get new lawyers - preferably ones who know what PR is.
for one he should have known better,for two i see no reason to use the name,i mean come on if you're gonna make a site well be creative with the name,(example,Silent Heaven.com for Silent Hill,Seibertron.com for Transformers)that should imply you are a fan.the whole operation was askin for trouble from the get.and finally we all know as TRUE fans this is NOT Todd Howard and the dev team,but the stinkin lawyers.case closed.
well tbh bethesda no matter how awesome they can be with games are still a big ass corporation and will be a bit of bullys, and in america companies do this but actually not always if you stand up to them they back off. Maybe instead of sueing him they should hire him and then get merchandise going unless his fallout style posters suck.
Never play Fallout..... wait what was this article about again?
Seriously, what the hell is wrong with Besthesda's lawyers. My god are they the lamest people ever.