Fallout 3 Fan Art Site Hit With Cease & Desist
Today brings us news of two new lawsuits levied against major companies. Apple has been sued for making it too easy for children to rack up enormous bills on the App Store, while Ubisoft has been accused of stealing the idea for the Animus device from author John Beiswenger.
And, depressingly, a Fallout fan site has been threatened with legal action for hosting high-resolution original artwork. We've got all the details below.
First off, the BBC reports that Apple are under fire from a group of parents who claim that the company is unfairly profiting from in-app purchases within games designed for children. According to the brief, it's too easy for kids to rack up enormous bills "without authorisation of their parents," despite Apple recently implementing an update that turn block microtransactions on a particular device. The group cited several examples of games that encourage youngsters to purchase add-ons and items, including Smurf's Village, which includes transactions worth up to £69.99. A judge has refused Apple's demands to dismiss the case, and they'll have their day in court.
Ubisoft has also been targeted by author John Beiswenger, whose 2003 book Link features a device that can access ancestral memories. Beiswenger alleges that Assassin's Creed's Animus device has infringed upon his copyright, and that Ubisoft has "directly copied, and directly and contributorily infringed" on his work. You can read the full brief here, via Kotaku.
And finally, fan art site fallout-posters.com has been hit with a cease and desist by law firm DLA Piper, who acts on behalf of 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 Bethesda specifically asked DLA Piper to or whether they're acting autonomously, but this seems somewhat draconian to us. After all, this is basically free advertising - and a fan showing his clear and obvious love for a franchise that he's invested in.