The Elder Scrolls 6 “Redfall” Trademark Dispute Resolved
Last year, Bethesda announced the next installment of their Elder Scrolls franchise – The Elder Scrolls 6 – alongside a science-fiction original property called Starfield. In the following September, Bethesda’s parent company Zenimax attempted to trademark the phrase “Redfall,” which fans speculate as the title for the up and coming game. However, they hit a wee snag in the road when author Jay Falconer took up issue with their particular name choice.
Science-fiction author, Falconer, created a series of post-apocalyptic novels called “Redfall” and since the public announcement of Zenimax’s trial to trademark this, he reached out to the studio to resolve this as soon as possible. Though Falconer took no issue with the creation of the game, he wished to protect his rights to the name. Despite making clear his goals were not to cease development of The Elder Scrolls 6, some believed the author’s claim to Redfall was a scheme to make quick money. To clarify the entire ordeal, Falconer said:
No, I’m not trying to stop the game. In fact, I welcome it. I filed a dispute to stop issuance of federal trademark to them on my Redfall name, which I branded few yrs ago. I have prior claim. I have books under that name. It’s how I earn a living. I have a family to feed, too
— Jay Falconer, Author (@JayJFalconer) February 21, 2019
Thankfully, the issue has finally been resolved and both parties left the deal with no qualms left on the matter. According to a press release:
ZeniMax Media Inc. and Bookbreeze.com are pleased to announce that they have amicably resolved a pending trademark dispute related to the Redfall trademark. While the specific terms of the agreement are confidential, the parties believe that resolution of the matter is mutually beneficial to both ZeniMax and Bookbreeze.com and their respective fans.”
Thank goodness, everyone gets to leave with full a sense of satisfaction. What more could you ask for? Gamers will still get The Elder Scrolls 6 and science-fiction fans will continue enjoying the Redfall series. Are you happy to see ZeniMax resolve this without much issue? Do you think Falconer asked too much, or was this his right? Let us know what you think in the comments section below or start a conversation on Don’t Feed the Gamers Facebook page. To stay up to date on gaming and entertainment news as it happens, follow us on Twitter! Here are some of our latest:
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