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Hmm, I'd imagine this will do Bethesda more harm than good. People who are large enough fans to seek out fan sites, and those who post on sites like reddit (which apparently contributed to the site's popularity) are likely the same types of people who value company reputation and hear about stories like this constantly. The spread of information is as prominent as its ever been, and I'd imagine it'd be of greater value to be seen as a company that supports its fans rather than one that prosecutes them.
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Except in this case, he did not steal a bunch of posters from Bethesda, he has created his own in the style of fallout, and this fallout style was used back in the 1950s so it is not a style bethesda owned, so he is not in the wrong. Its like someone went and read a documentary style book on ww2 and decided to write his own. Is it stealing? No
Fallout is registered by Bethesda Is agreed but there are other companies that have claimed trademark status for the uses of the word fallout. One of them being falloutx that provides dietary products and another company that is simply trademarked the word fallout. If you would like you can take a search in the us trademark database. As for the domain name being official and misleading that is not the case, if you visited the site and scrolled down to the bottom it explicitly says this is in no affiliation with bethesda.
If I made a game and had fans dedicated their money and time to setup a fan site for my game I would be humbly honored, why because I feel appreciated for the work. Once again there was no copyrighted material being distributed.

He didn't create his own in the style of Fallout. They are recreations of things that were already in Fallout, such as Sunset Sarsaparilla and Poseidon Energy advertisements. One example is the following:

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He took that and recreated it so it would fit perfectly on printer paper. Not only is the original idea not his at all, but it interferes with a market for posters that actually exists. To top it off, his website is fallout-posters.com which would easily be found by simply googling "fallout posters" which a fan might do if he's looking to buy Fallout prints from a site that is legitimately distributing posters. However, why would he buy a poster when he sees that he could print one off for free?

In the end, it's not just one thing that this person did, but everything combined that puts him in the wrong. The "recreations", the distribution, the website; All of it contributes to the fact that was he did does not fall under fair use, even if he wasn't making money off of them. I don't see Bethesda wrong with this at all. I'm not just saying this because I like Bethesda, either. I disagreed with every part of the Bethesda vs. Mojang case and am glad they lost. However, this is nothing like that and this person is in the wrong.
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It is a sensationalist article aimed at making commotion. So much ignorance in this thread makes me sad.
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It is a sensationalist article aimed at making commotion. So much ignorance in this thread makes me sad.

The current state of "copyright" law makes me sad.
    
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Does Bethesda/Fallout not even have a store?
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Laws are laws. The website must have broken multiple laws that cannot be avoided. The article could be biased, not reporting anything else.
What?
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The current state of "copyright" law makes me sad.
This.
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The current state of "copyright" law makes me sad.

May I ask what is wrong with copyright laws in this situation? Or perhaps you were just making a blanket statement in which case I agree with you.
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Laws are laws
Implying that laws must be enforced is an axiom. It is not.
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Implying that laws must be enforced is an axiom. It is not.

I'm not sure if I like the way your brain works (if you have one). But the site must've broken significant laws that the article failed to report on.
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Does Bethesda/Fallout not even have a store?
What?
This.

Not even gonna bother explaining.
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I'm not sure if I like the way your brain works (if you have one). But the site must've broken significant laws that the article failed to report on.
Not even gonna bother explaining.

It absolutely does not mean that they "must've" have broken the law. Fraudulent lawsuits are filed all the time. Just because the legal team decided to get involved does not automatically mean they are right. rolleyes.gif
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If this keeps up, I'm going to start referring to them as BethEAsda.

i see what you did there wink.gif
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