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May 23rd, 2009, 00:50
Originally Posted by Hedek View Post
Yes and no. Yes Angry Gamers are overreacting. No it's not "standard", at least one of the clauses definitely isn't fair:
The MMO "must meet or exceed such quality standards as may be set by Bethesda from time to time" in order for Interplay to remain in good standing

"standards set by Bethesda" is a complete fog. It's anything Bethesda wants it to be. Using that clause they can basically end FOOL anytime they want without really needing to justify that decision.
Not really. In fact, I'm pretty sure I've seen such clauses before, in contracts in which one party licenses out an IP it owns to another party.

Because that's what we're forgetting here: they're basically farming out an IP. Do you think BioWare licensed D&D or Star Wars without clauses of creative oversight and other safety clauses for those companies to ensure their quality standards are met? I doubt it. It's just protecting your own IP, which is what Bethesda is doing.
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