This isn’t rocket science but I’m amazed at how many people just can’t figure out that what they’re doing is absolutely wrong and patently illegal and think that the copyright owners are somehow cracking down on them unfairly.
But instead of acknowledging that they are doing anything wrong, they’re trying to skirt the system so they can keep making that sweet, sweet illegal money. What the hell is wrong with these people?
So now that Fallout 4 is about to be released, Zenimax is going around to eBay and Etsy and other places online and sending cease and desist warnings to people who are selling unauthorized replicas of Fallout merchandise online. This is not a questionable act, they are not doing it out of spite, anyone who is producing unauthorized merchandise in *ANY* quantity, for *ANY* reason, is violating their copyright, no matter what kind of excuses you attach to it. They have every right, and in fact, a legal obligation, to challenge anyone who is violating their copyright or they may lose their legal recourse to do so.
But you’d be amazed at how many people are acting entitled to sell things that they do not own the copyright to and if anyone dares to tell them otherwise, they flip their shit. There are people desperately trying to find a way to stay under Zenimax’s radar because they really don’t give a damn that they’re breaking the law, they just don’t want to get caught. They don’t want their accounts to be suspended. The thought of just not doing something wrong, not violating Zenimax’s copyright, that doesn’t even cross their tiny little minds.
Of course, then you get the other side, people who are saying this spells the end of Fallout cosplay, which is absurd because anyone can make their own costume and it is protected under fair use, so long as they don’t sell it or distribute it in any way. So you get the stupid greedy people on one side and the stupid clueless people on the other. Why am I not surprised?
This is, of course, nothing new. It wasn’t that long ago I talked about similar fears that Disney would wipe out the 501st Stormtrooper legion because they now own Star Wars. And, of course, this kind of freaking out on the RPF is a constant thing, people who are well aware that they are violating copyright but who want to do it anyhow and get away with it. Rent some perspective, people. You are 100% in the wrong and, in this case, Zenimax is 100% in the right. Follow the rules and neither Zenimax nor Disney will bother you a bit. Be stupid and greedy and try to make money off someone else’s property and they’re going to stomp on you every single time and it will be completely your fault and nobody will shed a tear for you.