We all saw some sort of legal drama incoming, right? The creator of Dragon Shout [Free], a brilliant map app for Bethesda’s radical open world RPG The Elder Scrolls 5: Sykrim, has received a copyright infringement notice from ZeniMax Media. In an e-mail to us, Blalock says that Apple isn’t making him remove the app, as “ZeniMax didn’t specify what the app is specifically violating." Blalock hasn’t received a C&D yet and notes that he’s e-mailed ZeniMax several times to try to clarify what the app is violating.
“I did my best to ensure the app was not violating anything," creator Blalock tells TouchArcade. “I looked up US trademarks and copyrights for ‘Dragon Shout’ and at the time there wasn’t any. I had the map hand drawn. I intentionally didn’t use any graphics or wording that would possibly be owned by Bethesda. So, I’m still not sure what they say the app violates."
And it’s hard to tell from what Blalock says he’s received so far. But, ZeniMax does its best to protect its brands. Earlier last year, the publisher squabbled with Mojang over the name “Scrolls." This April, ZeniMax filed trademarks for the phrase “Fus Ro Dah," Skyrim‘s most Internet-popular dragon shout.
In much lighter news, Dragon Shout is now freer. In version 1.5 , the social add-on — which includes database searching, marker sharing and chat — is available free of charge.