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Bethesda vs Interplay in the court of William M Nickerson
Company News - posted by DarkUnderlord on Sat 12 September 2009, 14:44:18Tags: Bethesda Softworks
Bethesda are taking Interplay to court over, of all things, Interplay selling the original Fallout's on Good Old Games. Courtesy of Kotaku:
That complaint alleges that Interplay did not seek approval for the sale of the Fallout Trilogy bundle, which features the original Fallout, Fallout 2 and Fallout Tactics. Bethesda claims that the title Fallout Trilogy is "confusingly similar" to that of Fallout 3 and takes issue with Interplay's marketing, sale and distribution of other Fallout packages named Fallout Collection and Saga Fallout.
Bethesda also takes issue with Interplay's licensing of Fallout games to digital distribution services Good Old Games (GOG), GameTap and Steam, which Interplay was said never to have sought approval or permission for. Basically, Bethesda takes issue with pretty much everything Interplay seems to be doing with the pre-Fallout 3 releases, believing they cannibalize sales of Fallout 3.
Legal eagles can read the details here (though you need a login to access the good bits apparently):
Plaintiff: Bethesda Softworks LLC
Defendant: Interplay Entertainment Corporation
Case Number: 1:2009cv02357
Filed: September 8, 2009
Court: Maryland District Court
Office: Baltimore Office [ Court Info ]
Presiding Judge: Judge William M Nickerson
Nature of Suit: Intellectual Property - Trademark
Cause: 15:1114 Trademark Infringement
Jurisdiction: Federal Question
Jury Demanded By: None
Somebody obviously made too much money out of Fallout 3 and duhhh I so confused over Fallout Trilogy vs Fallout 3 derpderpderp. Bethesda save us! Now it's up to Nickerson to decide.