The Skyrim LOTR mod (MERP) might die because of... corporates.

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#1 Edited by themangalist (1739 posts) -

I'm not sure if this was posted before, it's not exactly "news" (a day old). The team working on the promising LOTR mod for Skyrim, Middle Earth Role-play, received a Cease & Desist letter from Warner Bros which owns the license. The team decided they do not have the resources to go up against the media giant and stopped all work. link

You probably never heard of this mod, it started wayy back when it was a mod for oblivion, had a couple of pre-alpha releases, driven purely by Tolkien fans. There was a Middle Earth mod for Morrowind that also vanished back then. Now the fans starting the fair use crusade against WB, arguing many other very very popular mods that got released are still going, and a few bigger budget fan films were distributed. So why a mod WIP? Is it really because of the upcoming movie and its tie-in games? And honestly, does the idea of "open-world LOTR game" threaten WB that much? I mean, when was the last time you heard of a successful LOTR game; let alone an open world one? (which was canned by the way)

T'is a sad fay for gamers, I really want to get the word out there and hopefully Patrick Klepick can do a story on this... I don't think any company should mess with the modding crowd. They are always the ones with the biggest hearts. This should really make people rethink what the fuck's going on with copyright, and how it should be.

#2 Posted by deskp (448 posts) -

Would this mod ever have been finished either way?

I thought almsot anything artistic was somewhat llegal as long as you dont profit from it, or devalue the brand on purpose. A mod is like fanart. no?

#3 Posted by DrDarkStryfe (1139 posts) -

There is a thread for this, and Warner Bros has every right to protect their rights.

#4 Posted by TheHT (11507 posts) -

Bummer. Never nice when an anticipated user project is shut down.

#5 Posted by BraveToaster (12589 posts) -

http://www.giantbomb.com/the-elder-scrolls-v-skyrim/61-33394/skyrim-merp-middle-earth-roleplaying-project-cease-and-desist/35-558547/

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#6 Posted by Gamer_152 (14091 posts) -

Already a thread on this here. Locking this duplicate.

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