Threatened with lawsuit by Bethesda; This was my reply

Back in december of 2011, I set up a fansite dedicated to Fallout and Fallout art. Specifically, it contained several high-resolution Fallout-style posters, clearly inspired by the in-game posters of Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas.

I’m a huge Fallout-fan, so I went to all this work primarily to decorate my own apartment. However, after the 10-20 hours I spent making the posters, I thought: Hey, why don’t I share these posters with the other Fallout-fans out there?

That being said, I bought the domain name Fallout-posters.com and uploaded the high-resolution Fallout-posters to the page – offering them free to download for the Fallout-community. I also threw in some nice Fallout-vectors. All this was done out of pure “fandom”; I didn’t even include ads on the website.

Now, the original post got quite a bit of attention on Reddit, Stumbleupon and similar sites, and during the first few days, I got more than 100.000 unique visitors to the site. My host actually mailed me personally and forced me to move the site to a bigger server (which I paid had to pay extra for).

So far, so good. I made some free posters, set up a quick one-page site and leaned back to enjoy the fact that I was helping Fallout-fans around the globe.

But suddenly, after a few weeks, I got an email: What’s this in my inbox? A legal letter from the global law firm DLA Piper on behalf of Bethesda?

READ THE FULL LETTER FROM DLA PIPER BELOW:

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. 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).

But no, they had to bring DLA Piper into the picture. You know what? I’m tired of behaviour like that. I’m tired of intellectual rights holders – be it RIAA, MPAA or in this case Bethesda – going after little guys like myself and threatening them into obedience. Some people doesn’t have the intellectual capacity or money to fight their cause, so they just fold after receiving a letter like that. But just because you can’t afford to fight, doesn’t mean your oponent is right.

So I decided to respond.

READ MY FULL REPLY TO DLA PIPER AND BETHESDA BELOW: 

So far, I haven’t heard back from DLA Piper and Bethesda – but if I do, I’ll be sure to let you know. In the mean time: Here’s to the little guys!

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138 Comments on “Threatened with lawsuit by Bethesda; This was my reply”

  1. Shepherd says:

    Whilst you arent necessarily doing anything wrong trademark laws do require that if a company is aware of a possible infringement it has to take action otherwise it can later be claimed that they allowed others to use their trademark and failed to defend it thus losing that trademark. because laws are stupid. Much like the ridiculous situation with Mojang and the usage of the name ‘scrolls’ for a game they were designing. the legal side of the company has to take action against things that aren’t an issue so as to protect the trademark.

    also its fus ro dah not fus do rah

    • Jon says:

      I’m pretty sure the fus do rah was done on purpose, in a half mocking/joking manner. Given the pretext, it would be fitting.

      • Billybob says:

        I think it more likely that he just made another typo. He certainly made more than enough of them in this post, his post on Reddit and in his reply to Bethesda’s email. Kind of ridiculously unprofessional.

      • 5eph says:

        @Billybob
        You’re an idiot. He’s from Norway; English isn’t his first language. There are more people on the Internet than just the native English speakers.
        Also, I’d like to point out the typo you made in the first sentence of your comment; it should be “it’s,” not “it.” In my book, calling the kettle black is far more unprofessional than a few typos.

      • fynath says:

        @5eph Billybob didn’t typo. That’s a perfectly acceptable sentence.

        That said, I agree that it is not a big deal for a non-native speaker to make a few typos.

      • Bassman1805 says:

        Actually, I believe it was originally fus do rah, but got changed very soon before the game was released.

      • mkukli1767 says:

        @5eph

        “I think it more likely” is perfectly valid English, albeit mildly archaic.

        Past that, whether or not he is from Norway, he responded to a legal notice. Legal notices should be written in as proper language as possible, be it Norwegian or English. If he wished to write it in English, he should have requested assistance; I am confident that the Reddit community would have been more than happy to have accommodated him.

    • xtrsports says:

      Agreed, thinks its called Inequitable estopple

      • KeatBam says:

        @billbob
        @fynath

        Billy did however forget his comma after the word, “Reddit.” He also added a lovely fragment at the end of his post. Cheers @5eph.

    • Annie says:

      Also he spelled sincerely wrong, Sad day.

      • Michael says:

        He’s also Norwegian? Cut him some slack.

      • ggggg says:

        Just a thought, but maybe English isn’t everyone’s first language.

      • Name says:

        (more of a reply to Billybob than you, Annie, but anyway…)

        I see “professional” medical letters in my work every day. And only about one in a ten has proper grammar. And even those have a typo or two.

        Professional doesn’t equate with internet grammar police, keep that in mind people.

    • Brigadier of Britain says:

      I’m assuming it was done as a joke in parody of Bethesda’s trademark over the term, “Fus Ro Dah”

  2. Ezra Ekman says:

    Standing up for your IP rights when faced with the potential of a tremendous legal onslaught: brave and honorable. Not stooping to responding emotionally and instead remaining factual and to-the-point: intelligent and wise. Ending your response with a compliment on another title by the law firms own client: classy beyond expectation.

    Well done!

    • Brian says:

      Drafting a response to a letter threatening litigation from the legal department of a large corporation: dumb and self-destructive. Call a lawyer ASAP.

      • Mark says:

        He’s in Norway, and he removed the posters. It wouldn’t be worth the money to litigate.

  3. Reid says:

    That seems rather out-of-character for a company that posts fan-art on their website.

  4. wretchu says:

    I’m by no means a lawyer, but I’m pretty sure you would lose this one. You DO use protected works. You use Vault Boy, Nuka Cola, et al. Putting a bit of fine print at the bottom of the page doesn’t protect you from an IP violation. This is no different than a random person posting a Metallica video on YouTube claiming “I don’t own the music or the video.” That could get taken down too, and rightfully so. To try to claim that it’s not a derivative work when you are using images that appear in the game is losing battle.

    Furthermore, I personally believe you’ll be forced to relinquish your domain too. As for the three criteria:
    1) You’re right that fallout / fall out by itself isn’t necessarily ripe for protection. However, you are unequivocally using fallout in reference to the protected title. The site isn’t like it’s full of posters from any kind of real-world fallout type situation; you are pulling inspirations (and properties) straight from the game itself.
    2) The site is registered for the purposes of distributing material that is (potentially) protected by another company. If you take away the Fallout posters, do you have an valid interest in keeping the domain? I’m afraid to say it, but I think the answer is no.
    3) This fails because of the possible confusion for endorsement from the rights holder. Again, fine print doesn’t prevent confusion. I don’t think they would have any problem arguing the bad faith portion because of the confusion part of the clause.

    I don’t think you’re doing it maliciously, but I think compared to the Scrolls fiasco this is actually a reasonable and strong case. And as previously stated, they are required to actively protect their IP rights or else they are forfeit. This could result in a PR backlash against the company, but legally they’re on solid ground.

    • KatalDT says:

      “This is no different than a random person posting a Metallica video on YouTube claiming “I don’t own the music or the video.”

      I’m not a lawyer, but I think this is more akin to a random person posting a Metallica cover (that they did themselves) on YouTube. I’m not entirely sure of the legality there, but he’s doing a reinterpretation of their art, not copying and pasting their art. Your example isn’t really applicable.

  5. balls mcgee says:

    “Chronological order” isn’t a great way to describe items in a letter.

  6. yub yub says:

    Is there any other way to get these?

  7. shawn says:

    Very sad to see that these are down. I’d never heard of the site before and your posters look great. Are they down for good? :/

  8. droz says:

    You probably shouldn’t have referred to your web site as ‘the Infringing Website’ if the position you are taking is that no infringement has occurred. Best of luck, and hopefully some day we will reform IP and copyright laws to some reasonable level of sanity :-)

  9. Mike says:

    Best of luck friend. I don’t know about the laws, but it is a sad day when fans cannot have a fan site up without possibly getting sued. I hope it works for the best for you.

  10. Ed says:

    And to think that English is not your native tongue! Impressive letter, candour and attitude.

    • Joshua says:

      Very much agreed. I actually found more fallible mistakes in the original document, which, was most likely, crafted by a native speaker. It sucks that he would most likely lose, should they choose to act, but hopefully they don’t get away clean. While I understand their requirements in acting, by law, and I also understand that Bethesda most likely never even knew of the matter, there is something to be said for making a policy out of treating your fans with respect. This legal team is likely protecting their own interests, over those of their client.

  11. Justin says:

    I’ve bought just about every game Bethesday has made (some games on multiple platforms). Part of what makes me a loyal customer is the impression that Bethesda is better than most game companies. They put out a superior product AND don’t do stupid shit like this.

    If this fan-made project, which adds value to the Fallout brand, is not reinstated in full, I will continue to play Bethesda’s games, but I will not be paying a cent for them.

  12. Daniel says:

    You should have spoken to a lawyer first. Their letter almost entirely deals with trademark protection, your response almost entirely deals with copyright law. Pretty much a non sequitur. What little trademark language you respond to signals that you don’t understand the varying forms of trademark protection – namely, the differences between generic, descriptive, fanciful, etc.

    I like your attitude, but a more informed response might actually scare them as they set themselves up for a hearing to take your domain site away in the US: something they can do, at least for .com’s. I’m worried – for your sake – that your response makes you look like an even easier target.

    • Brian says:

      ^^Please call a lawyer ASAP. This guy is absolutely right. Drafting your own letter in response to a serious accusation from the legal department of a large corporation is a REALLY quick way to lose the lawsuit before it’s even begun. You don’t want to draft your own response for the exact same reason that you NEVER talk to the cops when you’re arrested. You don’t have the expertise to know what statements may or may not get you in trouble.

      Also, don’t write about this anymore until the threat of a lawsuit is over. After you win (if you win) or settle, you can talk about sticking it to the man all you want. Until then, you’re just shooting yourself in the foot in a major way.

      • 1monkey says:

        LOL.. Like they wouldn’t put a clause in the settlement that he can not talk about it anymore. They would silence him up and otherwise they could sue again for breaking the settlement contract.

  13. Enry says:

    I really love how after that whole entire post and gigantic letter about standing up for the little guy and fighting back and indignation and etc etc I go to the website and all the posters are taken down. Nice. Way to fight back bro.

    • Alvin says:

      well during as dispute they have to take down the evidence so they can review it, just like how mega upload had to take down its servers even though they are still fighting the legal battle

  14. denverbachelor says:

    Why is your reply to them concerned with copyright law when their letter was concerning trademark infrigement?

  15. jesse says:

    Way to go man but you need to do a spelling and grammar check on the letter.

  16. Devlin says:

    MR ANDERSEN…. i matrixed myself

  17. Rapidash says:

    You seem like an unbearable person to know.

  18. Sam says:

    I agree with Daniel. Saying that though, best of luck to you.

    Irrelevant, but just curious why you blacked out your full name and e-mail address in the letters when it is printed in a huge ass banner at the top of this page, in the side menu on this page AND listed on your website?

  19. Kirin says:

    Sincerely fus ro dah.

    You = awesome, my man.

  20. Dovadick says:

    Well, dont expect me to be buying anymore games by Bethesda.

  21. [...] If you were to visit http://fallout-posters.com/ you can clearly see Bethesda is not messing around. The site’s creator, Erling Løken Andersen took his case to reddit today and linked what his reply to the lawsuit was. Little did I know, he was a wordpress blogger as well. You can read the whole story here. [...]

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  23. Voruc says:

    I whish i had know that those posters existed!. Too bad i can’t have then xD

    P.S: Yes, i want the AI, does someone still have then?

  24. Luke says:

    Reblogged this on Stuff I find on facebook and commented:
    It’s appaling, truly, to have a big company go after a fan like this. I thought it would be in their best interest to encourage their fan base to continue to produce related content, increasing the product-awareness of the game. The legal department doesn’t seem to have that in mind though.

  25. herp says:

    It’s “fus ro dah”.

    • justin says:

      He probably didn’t want to “infringe” on any more copyrights or trademarks. Sarcastically, of course.

  26. sirspamalot says:

    If it were me, I’d replace the posters with these http://imgur.com/a/phXYS

  27. Casinha says:

    Nicely done.

  28. What happened anyway ?
    The posters are down on http://www.fallout-posters.com due to copyright infringement. DAMN !!

  29. Mahim says:

    Good job!

  30. JurisDoctor says:

    Didn’t read all the comments but I read Erling’s post, DLA’s cease and desist and Erling’s reply with great interest. And I am an attorney, T14 law school. I’m not writing to make comment beyond pointing out the fact that counsel’s letter is sloppy, poorly written, and clearly presumes ignorance on the addressee’s part. The contempt for Erling is evident. This isn’t surprising considering the egos possessed by most in my profession; what is surprising is that DLA would hire someone clearly incapable of readily addressing a party without affording them a modicum of respect. Even more alarming is the fact that DLA hired this probable top-tier law grad who more likely than not blew his 1L legal writing courses. It’s not terribly surprising, however, in that most of the hires for such a firm tend to be the type that are well-connected and whose father likely helped them secure the job. Additionally, it is pretty likely that it’s considered such a low-priority matter (seriously) to DLA that they decided to give it to the new idiot who is there because of his family and not because of his qualifications. Erling’s response, on the other hand, is well thought-out, very well-phrased, and aside from the closing paragraphs, comports with the basic respectful manner in which such letters should be drafted. Even more impressive is the fact that Erling is (llkely, but do pardon me if I am incorrect in this assessment) not a native English speaker/writer, and not only kept typos to a minimum but actually makes several valid IP arguments. I’m also more than certain that DLA didn’t expect a response at all, much less a well-written and validly argued response.

    I should note here that DLA, as Bethesda’s counsel, is going to win if this matter is elevated beyond the placing a potential defendant on notice/per-filing stage. DLA is on notice and they’ve likely been startled by Erling’s response and I can guarantee you that DLA is not going to risk a big client’s confidence by losing in any form to someone from the Internet who is making fan art. You know about attorney egos, particularly those in huge law like DLA. Don’t be surprised if then next response is for a more senior attorney who will take this matter much more seriously.

    • justin says:

      From a purely legal point of view, you’re absolutely right; if they took it to the next level and went to court, it would be a disaster for him. However, from a political point of view, it would be a much bigger PR disaster for Bethesda. This leads me to believe that, in light of the fact that its already gotten so much attention and Bethesda is looking like “The Big Bad Company,” they probably won’t choose to pursue this course any more. Hell, they might even send an apology to the guy.

      Probably not though.

      • Daniel from Norway says:

        Why are you guys only talking about american law? How come norwegian law is completely ignored here?

        I’m not an attorney of any kind, but afaik an american attorney can’t impose american law on norwegian soil..(?)

        To me it seems like they want to i.e. punish a norwegian car driver for driving too fast on the highway, because the speedlimit is lower in america. This doesnt makes sense to me..

  31. Edo says:

    Sincerely fus ro dah. You are doing right! Keep going!! Poor, poor, Bethesda.

  32. Giant Pink says:

    I hate it when corporations disrespect their customers. It’s not surprising in the gaming industry though, because unlike you Erling, most gamers are so rabidly addicted to entertaining themselves that they’ll passively allow these corporations to stomp all over them in exchange for their entitlement of entertainment.

  33. db_artest says:

    @JurisDoctor: taking the fierce reactions by Bethesda’s fanbase into consideration, DLA’s big client’s already lost.

  34. AntiCat says:

    For a company that has been built on community and wouldnt be where it is now without the dedicating modding communities that have grown around their products this is really below the belt. Even if in nine out of ten cases it’s the lawyers themselves initiating because they have to make themselves needed it is still a complete insult to everyone who helped create their trademark. It’s really calm as an answer but if something like that happened to me i’d probably send them the bill for the otherwise free advertising in response. It’s good someone takes a stand at least, if no one does, those leeching lawyers just will keep pushing everyone around. It’s like a mass mail/phone dialler scam, you just send the letters and everyone who pays up is profit. It’s nothing but extortion, way to go, just make sure you keep it very public like this that was probably the best idea. Bethesda really disgusted me with that, someone should grow a pair up there and take a stand for their customers, its not the lawyers who made them the millionsdollars company they are. Really unsavoury this is

  35. [...] avvocati di Bethesda (la software house  che ha creato Fallout, ma anche la serie di Elder Scroll) non scrivono a Løken, sostenendo che le sue immagini – immagini originali, rese disponibili gratuitamente – [...]

  36. kristoffer says:

    I will not by any more products frome Bethesda, and i told them that in a mail. Greedy bastards!

    Bethesda is built by the community ffs!!!

  37. Skyrim shit game says:

    Well all know that Bethesda does not like to have fans.

  38. Sensei says:

    Its disgusting.
    Shame on you Bethesda

  39. I will not ever buy a game from Bethesda again. I can not tolerate behavior like this. Treat fans with respect. Period.

  40. Mars says:

    “Please don’t sue. (UPDATED: DAMN, too late!)”
    That made me lol, but yeah, its sad when they treat fans like that.
    Anyone that got a hand of the files care to share? I would love
    some PipBoy Vectors.

  41. Gav says:

    An “SEO Evangelist” infringes trademarks and distributes the resulting derivative works to get pageviews, but it’s ok because it was done out of “pure fandom”?

    Liking this chap’s work does not make it any less of an infringement or Bethesda any less right for telling him to stop. Taking his “side” against Bethesda makes you immature and uninformed. Sorry but it’s the truth.

    I’m a Digital Media undergrad and we learned about infringement in first year. It’s THAT important.

    If I was this chap, I’d rethink calling myself a Digital Adviser unless he’s telling you which TV to buy. He is clearly dangerously ignorant of the law.

    Personally I’d advise deleting this whole blog post. Advertising your ignorance this way is NOT a good way to advertise yourself. Oh wait…SEO…gotcha ;)

    • ditto says:

      Gawd (sic), I’m sick of your brainwashed kind….

    • European says:

      WHO CARES about your american common law? In Europe it’s a laughing matter most of the time.

      We’re talking about a guy from Norway, so he may only be judged under norwegian law, where the law is actually codified, where citizens actually matter and where you don’t need law corporations to know anything about law, cause it’s clear and not filled with dumb precedenses; he has no chance of losing this.

  42. Boromir says:

    I really don’t understand why you did answer on the english letter at all in the first place. They should write to you in Norwegian as this is an official language in your country.

  43. grabbeh says:

    I would think there was a low risk of any further action. The primary aim of the letter has been achieved (i.e. the removal of the posters). Bethesda would realistically have no actual need for the domain itself and consequently, no reason to expend further legal fees on following the UDRP domain name dispute procedures.

    The situation would be different if you hadn’t removed the posters, and I suspect considering the proportion of each work that has been replicated, a fair use defence would fail notwithstanding the non-commercial usage.

    Having said that, to clarify, they would have a strong prima facie case for trade mark infringement against you. Infringement can take place in respect of similar marks even where there are dissimilar services/goods where the mark is well-known – arguably the case here.

    Dictionary definitions are to an extent irrelevant also – the mark ‘Fallout’ is not descriptive of the nature of the product, whether posters, storage devices or the game itself.

    It is interesting to note that their TM registration, at least in the EU, although in class 16 (printed materials) does not cover posters, so they couldn’t necessarily run an identical/identical infringement action. In fact their coverage in Norway, doesn’t even extend to class 16.

    I’m just sorry I didn’t get to look at the site prior to your removal of the posters! Perhaps get a new host in a more user-friendly jurisdiction and maintain anonymity next time. Personally speaking, this really could have been a great opportunity to generate goodwill in the community by giving you a pat on the back for your dedication and love for Fallout.

  44. acidflash says:

    First of all, it was the best letter I’ve read in a long time. Very well written and everything, almost, so you may think you are a lawyer.

    Then I think it’s very tricky to large companies want their fans so badly. As you say yourself, it’s not just easier to say “- Hey, you can not just delete it?”.

    Bästa lycka från Sverige =)

  45. [...] a post on his blog last week, Norwegian Fallout fan Erling Loken Andersen recapped a back-and-forth dispute he’s been [...]

  46. [...] a post on his blog last week, Norwegian Fallout fan Erling Loken Andersen recapped a back-and-forth dispute he’s been [...]

  47. [...] a post on his blog last week, Norwegian Fallout fan Erling Loken Andersen recapped a back-and-forth dispute he’s been [...]

  48. [...] a post on his blog last week, Norwegian Fallout fan Erling Loken Andersen recapped a back-and-forth dispute he’s been [...]

  49. [...] In a post on his blog last week, Norwegian Fallout fan Erling Loken Andersen recapped a back-and-forth dispute he’s been [...]

  50. [...] a post on his blog last week, Norwegian Fallout fan Erling Loken Andersen recapped a back-and-forth dispute he’s been [...]

  51. [...] a removido los pósters de su sitio web, pero aún sigue siendo dueño del nombre del [...]

  52. [...] a post on his blog last week, Norwegian Fallout fan Erling Loken Andersen recapped a back-and-forth dispute he’s been [...]

  53. El Z says:

    My response would have been much more succinct:
    “Dear sir:
    Read the the ‘fair use’ doctrine and kindly go f*** yourself.

    Yours truly,
    The Undersigned.

  54. [...] detailed on creator Erling Løken Andersen’s personal blog, law firm DLA Piper has requested that Fallout-posters.com be handed over to [...]

  55. [...] a post on his blog last week, Norwegian Fallout fan Erling Loken Andersen recapped a back-and-forth dispute he’s been [...]

  56. Beth says:

    You must fight against them Neo!! =P

  57. [...] a post on his blog last week, Norwegian Fallout fan Erling Loken Andersen recapped a back-and-forth dispute he’s been [...]

  58. [...] In a post on his blog last week, Norwegian Fallout fan Erling Loken Andersen recapped a back-and-forth dispute he’s been [...]

  59. [...] Detta har nu fått Bethesda att se rött, och man har nu hotat att stämma Andersen om han inte slutar med att dela med sig av sina högupplösta verk. Andersen själv har sagt att han inte gjort något fel, och hela ärendet kan man läsa mer om i killens blogg. [...]

  60. pevus says:

    This makes me think about all the facebook fanpages of products and companies out there. Strange no?

  61. [...] De posters zijn inmiddels van de site af, maar Anderson is wel pissed. Niet omdat Bethesda haar trademarks beschermt, dat snapt hij nog wel. Ondanks dat hij er niets mee verdiende en in onze ogen juist er voor zorgt dat het merk Fallout meer en meer bekend is bij de mensen. Maar omdat een fan direct wordt benaderd met de termen “rechtszaak”. Een mail met de vraag of hij ze weg zou willen halen had voor de beste man al voldoende geweest. Hij schreef een brief terug, een lange brief, maar heeft tot op heden nog geen antwoord gekregen. Mocht u deze brief willen lezen, inclusief die van DLA Piper, dan kan dat hier. [...]

  62. [...] remove the offending work, as well as hand over the domain fallout-posters.com to the publisher. On his blog, Andersen posted a copy of the letter he [...]

  63. [...] a post on his blog last week, Norwegian Fallout fan Erling Loken Andersen recapped a back-and-forth dispute he’s been [...]

  64. I wish you all the luck in this matter.

  65. [...] o copyrightu Bethesdy je na stránkách rovněž přítomno. Norský fanda pak vydal na svém blogu obšírné vysvětlení i obsah mailu od DLA Piper, jakož i svoji odpověď odeslanou právníkům [...]

  66. [...] a post on his blog last week, Norwegian Fallout fan Erling Loken Andersen recapped a back-and-forth dispute he’s been [...]

  67. [...] su blog, el creador de la web, Erling Løken Andersen, explica el caso y publica el texto íntegro de la [...]

  68. [...] Bethesda and Zenimax. They've demanded that the site be turned over to Bethesda, and while creator Erling Løken Andersen has agreed to remove his pictures, he hasn't yet shut down the website. We don't yet know whether [...]

  69. [...] que a Bethesda não gostou muito da brincadeira e de acordo com o norueguês Erling Løken Andersen, criador do site, a desenvolvedora contratou o escritório [...]

  70. [...] bekam der Betreiber Erling Løken Andersen ein unschönes Schreiben von der Anwaltskanzlei DLA Piper zugestellt, die im Namen von Bethesda die Löschung einiger [...]

  71. Håvard says:

    This was simply low by Bethesda. I laughed out loud when I read your response, great work! Sincerely, your fellow Norwegian.

  72. [...] detailed on creator Erling Løken Andersen’s personal blog, law firm DLA Piper has requested that Fallout-posters.com be handed over to [...]

  73. jaxxx says:

    Good for you mate. Thanks for standing up to them.

  74. David says:

    Cheers! You have my respect.

  75. swirl says:

    Bethesda should sue the lawyers for hurting their brand…

  76. Ex Bethe$da huge fan says:

    Wow Bethe$da. Just, wow! Nice way of handling fans, and loosing respect in the same turn. Just uninstalled everything I had from you, and blocked your web pages. Soon you may share the same popularity as EA.

    Wtf is wrong with this world? The world we’re heading to is making me seriously depressed :(

  77. [...] Bethesda has yet to comment on the situation, to learn more go to Andersen’s blog here. [...]

  78. First bunch of idiots commenting just on his grammar….really? -___-

  79. Eric says:

    I’m thinking this has been handled by lawyers, and not anyone in Bethesda, since they would know how the fans would react.

    What they should have done, is offering to host the posters on their own site, and commend Andersen for the initiative. A win-win solution, where Andersen saves his server rental fee, everyone still gets the nice posters, and Bethesda doesn’t get a PR-Nightmare.

    • European says:

      It’s Bethesda fault to have such lawyers. It’s not the first time (“Scrolls” by Minecraft developer?), so they should learn by now

  80. Tony says:

    Nice work man. I think you should write a letter to one of big fallout fan sites and ask them how did they solve that kind of problem

  81. emp3danie says:

    More to the point people! I hope they call off the dogs and eventually thank you for being a true fan.

    Its not always in the company’s best image to take on singular fans so lets hope this has a good outcome.

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  89. Overcast says:

    A WHOLE SITE exists – Fallout Nexus, for the purpose of offering up CUSTOM content for Fallout 3 and other games of Bethesda.

    Why not take them down too?

    Perhaps because it’s 75% of what drives interest in your games?

    Classy Bethesda – real classy…

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