The Middle-Earth Roleplaying Project resists cease and desist letter | PCGamesN

Sera is the only companion you need in Dragon Age: Inquisition

Westeros bound: first episode of Game of Thrones premieres on December 2nd

The best PC gaming Black Friday sales

The Middle-Earth Roleplaying Project resists cease and desist letter

Following a cease and desist letter from Warner Brothers, the makers of the Middle-Earth Roleplaying project, a Skyrim mod, have begun a petition to have the decision revoked, allowing the developers to continue work on the Tolkein-inspired project.

MERP's an ambitious mod, aiming to recreate the entire storyline of Frodo's walk to Mordor in the Skyrim engine. That includes all the locations, characters, and quest lines necessary to faithfully capture the plot of the books. Development was still in early stages, with the Middle-Earth height map in place but not a great deal more, though that height map was nine times the size of the vanilla Skyrim install. Though the team planned on working till they'd created something with "a quality greater than that in vanilla Skyrim."

It may sound like a project destined for the "Too big to complete bucket" but it's been in development since 2008. The recent work has been porting it to Skyrim. Not building it from scratch.

All was going well until the team received a cease and desist letter from Warner Brothers, who currently own the rights for Lord of the Rings games. All work on the mod halted, but only long enough for them to contact a lawyer and start a petition. According to their Moddb page, currently they "have a lawyer from the Organisation for Transformative Works (OTW) on our side, currently aiding us in our appeal for being a transformative piece."

A transformative piece is when "the artist creates something exemplary differential from the original piece so much so that it can be called his own," or so says Illinois' Business Law Journal.

Whilst their lawyer is hard at work lawyering fans of the project aren't left entirely helpless, they can sign up to the "Save MERP from corporate greed!" petition, which currently has over 3,000 signatures.

Cheers, PC Gamer.

Login or Register
Alienware - Game VictoriousTurtle Beach
The 101 best Skyrim mods

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

The 101 best Skyrim mods

The Elder Scrolls Online's gargantuan 1.5.2 patch tweaks dungeons and gives NPCs a facelift

The Elder Scrolls Online's gargantuan 1.5.2 patch tweaks dungeons and gives NPCs a facelift

Cops 'n Robbers: The Elder Scrolls Online justice system unveiled

Cops 'n Robbers: The Elder Scrolls Online justice system unveiled

The Elder Scrolls Online developer hit with layoffs now that the game

The Elder Scrolls Online developer hit with layoffs now that the game "runs smoothly"

Want to go higher? The Elder Scrolls Online update 4 will introduce Upper Craglorn

Want to go higher? The Elder Scrolls Online update 4 will introduce Upper Craglorn

What to expect from The Elder Scrolls Online's daedra-controlled Imperial City

What to expect from The Elder Scrolls Online's daedra-controlled Imperial City

The best videos from Elder Scrolls Online

The Elder Scrolls Online

The best videos from Elder Scrolls Online

Elder Scrolls Online apparently has more than 750,000 subscribers

Elder Scrolls Online apparently has more than 750,000 subscribers

Moreowind: Skywind public alpha

Moreowind: Skywind public alpha "coming soon"

Elder Scrolls Online devs rework its endgame,

Elder Scrolls Online devs rework its endgame, "want it to be more exciting to get to level 50"

The Elder Scrolls Online's first Adventure Zone, Craglorn, has been opened up to the veteran masses

The Elder Scrolls Online's first Adventure Zone, Craglorn, has been opened up to the veteran masses

Elder Scrolls Online patch unsticks stuck NPCs, makes a hard knock life harder for werewolves

Elder Scrolls Online patch unsticks stuck NPCs, makes a hard knock life harder for werewolves

The Elder Scrolls Online review

The Elder Scrolls Online

The Elder Scrolls Online review

How to become emperor: The Elder Scrolls Online's first king spills his secrets

How to become emperor: The Elder Scrolls Online's first king spills his secrets

ZeniMax Online says sorry with five days of game time for The Elder Scrolls Online players

ZeniMax Online says sorry with five days of game time for The Elder Scrolls Online players

Zenimax Online recruit players to

Zenimax Online recruit players to "name and shame" Elder Scrolls Online gold spammers

Elder Scrolls Online patch 1.0.6 takes the fight to gold farming bots

Elder Scrolls Online patch 1.0.6 takes the fight to gold farming bots

Elder Scrolls Online's 12-player trials will host its

Elder Scrolls Online's 12-player trials will host its "most complex and difficult" encounters

The Elder Scrolls Online review in progress

The Elder Scrolls Online

The Elder Scrolls Online review in progress

Elder Scrolls Online duping bug is wrecking game economy. Zenimax shut down guild bank

Elder Scrolls Online duping bug is wrecking game economy. Zenimax shut down guild bank

The Elder Scrolls Online fansite creates a trading system because ZeniMax Online won't

The Elder Scrolls Online fansite creates a trading system because ZeniMax Online won't

Zenimax send in pest control to squish The Elder Scrolls Online's progression halting bugs

Zenimax send in pest control to squish The Elder Scrolls Online's progression halting bugs

Craglorn is The Elder Scrolls Online's first Adventure Zone, and it's not for riffraff

Craglorn is The Elder Scrolls Online's first Adventure Zone, and it's not for riffraff

The Elder Scrolls Online wants to remind you it's launching today with a flashy trailer

The Elder Scrolls Online wants to remind you it's launching today with a flashy trailer