Unofficial Skyrim App Gets Legal Warning from Bethesda

Bethesda and ZeniMax’s lawyers are constantly hard at work to protect the company’s IPs.

Most prominently, they went to war with Minecraft developer Mojang over the indie company’s new IP Scrolls. Bethesda/ZeniMax felt that the Scrolls name was far too similar to the Elder Scrolls and would cause consumer confusion. The entire affair was finally settled when Mojang was allowed to use the Scrolls name for solely that game and Bethesda/ZeniMax won the licensing rights to Scrolls.

Now, Bethesda/ZeniMax has sent Blalock, the developer of the free Skyrim-based iPhone app called “Dragon Shout”, a copyright infringement notice. However, the notice apparently didn’t explain how the app was violating copyright law.

Blalock expressed confusion over the matter as, "I did my best to ensure the app was not violating anything. I looked up US trademarks and copyrights for 'Dragon Shout' and at the time there wasn't any. I had the map hand drawn. I intentionally didn't use any graphics or wording that would possibly be owned by Bethesda. So, I'm still not sure what they say the app violates."

The copyright infringement letter didn’t come with a cease-and-desist notice. The app has yet to be removed from the iTunes App Store, so if you’re curious to see what all the hullabaloo is about or you want to download it in support of Blalock over the issue as others have already done, you can download it here.

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  • southernshark
    They now own the word dragon and the word shout.

    PHEER THEM!!!
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  • Jarmo
    So it's not a game. It's a Skyrim helper app named "Dragon Shout for Skyrim".
    Contains a drawn map of the game area and helpful info.

    Guess Beth wouldn't mind if it was free, just like there's no cease and desists flying towards walkthrough- and fan sites. But since money is involved they want a cut, because greed is good.
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  • cumi2k4
    aoneoneSeriously, why even name a game 'dragon shout'? We all know thats a skyrim knockoff so you know... knock it off before you really start yelling 'nova caine' in cell block D.. k?


    Yeah, and by your logic, skyrim's dragon shout is a knock-off of dragon speak dictation program... totally copycat right 'dere... mkaay?
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  • parasite057
    I can only assume they intend to release their own Skyrim guide/atlas/wiki type app? Otherwise I don't see why you wouldn't welcome this type of thing. Is it so much different then the many Elder Scrolls wikis out there...?
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  • southernshark
    They now own the word dragon and the word shout.

    PHEER THEM!!!
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  • aoneone
    Seriously, why even name a game 'dragon shout'? We all know thats a skyrim knockoff so you know... knock it off before you really start yelling 'nova caine' in cell block D.. k?
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