Bethesda Softworks - Cease and Desist Issued to PnP Fallout
Some of you may know that Interplay licensed Glutton Creeper Games to make a tabletop PnP Fallout game some time ago, which was due for release this June. RPG Codex has noticed GCG has been issued with a cease and desist by Bethsoft. While we obviously don't know the legal position of each entity, it's interesting that Bethsoft would choose to exercise their IP ownership over this. Here's the announcement:
May 8th, 2007: ZeniMax Media/Bethesda has threatened to file an injunction against GCG for damages, should we not cease and deist production of Fallout PnP d20 products. They are stating that Interplay never had the rights to license a Pen and Paper to GCG under their license of Fallout from 2004 before the purchase of the IP, and makes claims against GCG that it may damage the Fallout brand and forecoming Fallout 3 release by linking the two. So for now, we have removed the page, until a resolution is met. If you want to see Fallout PnP d20 releases, please let the people at ZeniMax Media/Bethesda know, but don't send them hate mail or flames.
Our first product was being sent for review this weekend to Interplay, and still will be, as we hope Interplay will get this sorted out with Bethesda.
Source: RPG Codex