The MERP-Project is one of the grandest modding projects for the Elder Scrolls ever. The idea was to make the world of Middle Earth as seen in Tolkien’s novels come alive in the Elder Scrolls environment. They started with Oblivion and did some pretty amazing stuff and later brought over the project to Skyrim. The project has been going on for years and involved a lot of people. I’ve been following it with interest and even considered joining once I finished Frontier.
That is obviously not going to be the case. Yesterday one of the developers of the mod said on MERP’s ModDB-page that they have received a Cease & Desist letter from the Warner Brothers who owns the “rights” to Tolkien’s creation. The MERP-team is going to comply, and who’s to blame them, being up against the evils of mega-corporation greed and their attourney lackeys. With this, the MERP-project is gone and one of the most promising modding projects for the Elder Scrolls is history.
Aiokani: MERP fans: We are aware that you have waited patiently for our news. Recently we have received a Ceast & Desist letter from Warner Brothers Entertainment, and in a disappointment shared among our team we are complying with that request. We are avidly seeking a resolute course to continue modding, but we cannot at this time discuss this publicly and with that I urge you to please be patient and hopeful that we will find a way.
This is yet another example of corporation greed killing human creativity. First they bring us into recession and economic turmoil and then they try to take our creativity away. They try to take our souls. I personally damn the Warner Brothers and their like to Burning Hell. I long for the day, and it is coming, when there are no more copyright laws and inhumane, counter-productive limits on human creativity. For that day is coming, Warner Brothers, and on that day we, the free, shall spit on the burning ruins of your rotten, evil, greedy corporation and we shall deal punishment.