Dragon Shout App Under Threat From Elder Scrolls Publisher
Future of Skyrim aid now uncertain.
The developer of the popular Dragon Shout app on the App Store has received a copyright infringement notice from ZeniMax Media owner of the Elder Scrolls brand. The future of the app which allows users to create discovery notes on a virtual Skyrim map is now uncertain.
An update on Dragon Shout creator Blalock's Facebook page provided a brief outline of the situation.
"Hey all, just received a notice from Bethesda / ZeniMax Media Inc that I should take the app down due to copyright infringement," it read
"Looking in to this now. Will let you know."
Speaking to Touch Arcade, the developer elaborated further:
"I did my best to ensure the app was not violating anything," he said.
"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."
This isn't the first time that the Elder Scrolls publisher has found itself clashing swords with indie developers. A long-running dispute over Markus 'Notch' Persson plans to use the word 'Scrolls' for the title of a game in development was ultimately resolved after lengthy negotiations.
Source: TouchArcade (iOS)