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We now need out fans and supporters to send this letter to everyone and anyone on the internet. Be it youtube channels, journalism sites or just friends and folowers. We need to spread the word and get ourselves noticed.

Someone wrote:Dear [recipient],

I would like to inform you of a Lord of the Rings fan modification of the Elder Scrolls Skyrim, which has recently been issued a cease and desist letter from Warner Brothers Entertainment. The mod's name is MERP (Middle earth Roleplaying Project), which has been in development since before 2008 (though then for a different game). Since then, the team has matured and the mod has seen a huge boost in quality, fan support and developemnt experience.

Now we need all the support we can get from fans, other modders, game websites, famous people and whoever can help to spread news about our current situation to show Warner Bros. how much everyone cares about our project.

After contact with Warner Brothers, they did not permit us to continue the project privately with no public releases. We have contact with a lawyer who is trying to argue our case as transformative and under 'fair use', but we also need all the support we can get!

Please help our cause, and spread the news and don't let this awesome non-profit project come to an end!

We have a petition, facebook pages, and a twitter hashtag – #SaveMERP

Facebook: Facebook.com

Petition: Gopetition.com


Our main news and blog site is: Moddb.com


Please help us and spread the news!

Together we can save MERP!

--MERP fans and gamers





@MiddleEarthBane
@Alasdairhurst #SaveMERP
@Valyndimir

Facebook.com -Save MERP fan page
Facebook.com - Official MERP Page

Moddb.com

"There's some good in this world, Mr. Frodo... and it's worth fighting for!"
-Samwise Gamgee

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Atts
Atts

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As much as i respect and admire the creativity of this project and would love to sign, I honestly don't think it will make a difference, Warner Brothers will never allow a bunch of modders to do something like this would could potentially affect theur profits for future LOTR games, even if you had 50 million people sign they just ignore it. Not to mention if you do get them to agree, Bethesda may issue a cease and disist in their place to prevent people from getting the wrong idea about Skyrim and enable them to push more of their own content through DLCs.

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Kisaraji
Kisaraji

Let's just try helping, k?

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Ilsamir_Lord
Ilsamir_Lord

Creativity? Perhaps in the sense that they have to "create" (model, texture, rig, animate) a lot of stuff; just don't forget that most (not all) of the content is based on Tolkien's "creativity" (imagination and inventiveness) or on that of Peter Jackson et al.

I support this project, but we should be clear-eyed in our praise.

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eryxsid
eryxsid

anyone else feel like warner brothers are orcs?

What ***** me about these incidences, are that these big wig companies buy rights to cirtain things then do absolutely nothing for the fans. We want more LOTR not less. No matter who it comes from.

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UnrEaLHaZarD
UnrEaLHaZarD

WB is Sauron! The orcs are their lawyers and followers :P

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ElfFriend
ElfFriend

i thought the black riders were the lawyers....

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zumo666
zumo666

Omg 9200 already can't wait!!!

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tiggobitties
tiggobitties

I dont even have skyrim for the computer but mods like this make me want to, lets save this mod :)

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TheNodCommander
TheNodCommander

Signed as signer 9903!

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Turin95
Turin95

My message to WB.

**** off WB its a mod. HARDEN THE **** UP. They made it because you can't/wont make a LOTR game good enough for us. If you made on that was actually good I would buy it but you haven't. So some people who actually care about the community go and make it FOR ******* FREE. So what do you do? support them? Ask if they want some help or to make it its own game because its ******* awesome? Bohemian did that with DayZ. They are going to make a ton of money from it. But no. what do you do? you **** all over us and send them a cease and desist order. For what? MAKING A ******* MOD. A mod so good that people will buy the game for it just to mod it. The idiocy of this is beyond comprehension. YOU LOSE NOTHING FROM THIS MOD. If anything you will make money. Because that's what this is really about isn't it? Some how you figured that you were losing money. Well **** you. I would damn well pay money for this. Just stop it WB and for once listen to what your base consumers want. You know us. The ones that in the middle of a recession will spend $60 dollars on a game. Even if it is to get a ******* awesome mod. So don't be dicks. Grow up and support your community.

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ElfFriend
ElfFriend

Please all those *'s are making is so hard to read. I know your angry but you over did it!

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bwils362
bwils362

Try a silent protest...be Ghandi or do what he did, he tell the Indian people not to do what the Brits tell them to do. BOOM! Independence. Just sign the petition, post a much smaller comment and refuse to support Warner Bros. That simple

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Antiscamp
Antiscamp

10.000 signatures, people! That's an Army Division!

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fragmagnet11
fragmagnet11

Some friends and I started a podcast on youtube where we talk about gaming stuff. I'll be sure to mention this in our next podcast! We only have a small audience as of now, but every little bit helps, keep up the good fight!

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ScubaSteve3465
ScubaSteve3465

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Its so funny that you people actually think this petition is going to help lmao. A multi-billion dollar company doesn't give a damn about a petition, they only care about money, and unless you can throw money at them all day, their going to just say screw off. Face the facts people.

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martinvojkovic
martinvojkovic

If everyone would think just like you, petition would have 0 signatures. Fortunately, most people are not like you. And second, you know how powerful is internet today. It depends on every individual if this will work or not. Think of it this way. On facebook page are around 2000 people right now. If every one of them would invite only 5 people, that would be 10 000 people only on Facebook, not to mention petition (which has 5X more people than facebook page) and on MODDB. That way is engaging a chain reaction (especially when it's something LOTR related, many people like that stuff). And one more thing: you really think that some large company would not listen to that many people? WB is a joke in compare of some countries, in which such things as petitions works. That's because the mass is the most powerful. Same thing is with WB, they can afford 10 000 angry customers, but when there would be a much higher rate, I doubt they would ignore that. You said that they only care about the money. And what do you think, who brings them the most income and money? That's right, people (customers), and they can't risk losing much customers. But as I said, it depends on you as much as it depends on me and everyone else here.

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bwils362
bwils362

Imagine if someone instigated a riot, that has got to draw some attention and it might even put some tiny International pressure on WB

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Mecenage
Mecenage

We have to save it!

My GOD, we are real fans WB!!! :(

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Irikedownroading
Irikedownroading

I just signed the petition and am advertising the link on my mod Old World Radio. Please stop by and check it out then too!

Newvegas.nexusmods.com

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BarryDiller
BarryDiller

We also need to contact Skyrimnexus, they have a huge community

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ComradeWinston
ComradeWinston

TotalBiscuit just mentioned this mod in yesterday's mail response. He has over 700,000 subscribers...

Youtube.com

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TheUnbeholden Online
TheUnbeholden

Warner Brothers... how far ye hath fallen.

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MiWadiAddiction
MiWadiAddiction

Yeah

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MiWadiAddiction
MiWadiAddiction

Here's why I think WB want this mod closed. WB publish a **** LotR based game which they can put so little effort into and sell for £30. The MERP team put their hearts and hell of a lot of time into a mod that looks infinitely better than anything WB could publish and are giving it away free. This is not just unfair, it's down right evil. I remember the Halogen mod for Generals. Looked Awesome. I got a new comp and bought the game years ago just to play it and then it was shut down because Ensemble were developing a Halo RTS called Halo Wars which turned out horrible. Don't see them doing anything about the Third Age: Total War. Why not just tear down everything that people love WB. You've been doing it for years anyway. We love Tolkien's work. You haven't done any work to earn fans or respect. All you do is throw money around.

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gamecannon
gamecannon

Check out our interview with the developers of MERP here: Youtube.com

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ACSK
ACSK

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Hey, I've just received a free Minecraft Giftcode!
You can get one too!

>> minecraftcodes.me <<

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jimmynunchucks
jimmynunchucks

Petition signed. I support this mod fully. **** THE CEASE AND DESIST. And **** da police.

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Bubby6
Bubby6

Signed

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Roh
Roh

You know what you should do if WB never relents? Continue your project. Research the absolute bare minimum you have to change so that they can't do anything. Parody their IP and take legally safe cracks at them throughout the entire game. At least then all your hard work can be of use and you could get some satisfaction at the expense of the prick who decided to pursue this C&D.

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Mrideos
Mrideos

What is your goal ?

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mountnblader
mountnblader

greedy cows want to stop a mod cause its lord of the rings, hes just a lord (of some village) and he is a fan who likes to collect rings, whats wrong?

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Count_Crapula
Count_Crapula

FOR FRODO!!

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Sgt-Smith
Sgt-Smith

So, any news? How goes our war against Warner Brothers?

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Brognor
Brognor

WE NEED THE HELP OF BETHESDA!!!

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Gluvr3291
Gluvr3291

I was thinking the exact same thing! I'm sure they'd be more than happy to help us take down a tyrant! I love Bethesda and Bethesda loves us, unlike WB, so we gotta contact all the big ones that actually care about fans!

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psy_commando
psy_commando

I'm working on a fan mod too, and this is just the kind of thing that makes me want to not live on this planet anymore..

All those copyright laws and IP laws are completely one sided, and don't acknowledge fans at all. Basically, if you're a fan of something, you can just go screw yourself as far as the right holders or the law care. They own the thing you love as a fan, and won't let you express yourself about it ! Hopefully, some right holder aren't actually complete dicks about it, and won't sue fanworks !
I'm not against copyrights or IP laws, but I'm against the travesty it has become nowadays ...

And Warner Brothers, while you're at it, why don't you take down all the drawings kids make of your characters, or censor everybody talking about your movies, or even better just sue people thinking about your IPs ! Hey, its their right, they effing own copyrights, they can just go around and harass anybody they want ! Perfectly legal ! I'm sure your MAFIAA friends would be glad to help you with that !

And I really don't get why parody is accepted as fair, but not benign fanwork.. So I can say something is completely stupid and obnoxious and make fun of it, but I can't praise it and say, what if we added space ninjas in it ! Nope, U NO CAN DO derivative works!

Oh, and you may want to post your C&D letter on chilling effect: Chillingeffects.org

And I think the OTW and EFF might be able to help you guys out.
Transformativeworks.org
Eff.org

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Dryxxx
Dryxxx

#15155.

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timstro59
timstro59

I'm not likely to play this, but anything that sticks it to the man, I'll support it.

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Edmald
Edmald

Save it!

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Edmald
Edmald

While i voted on this i went to youtube and started listen to Riders of Rohan. Warner Bros, id like to see them as the orcs and us supporters the riders of Theoden! DEEEAATTTHHHH

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Kastrenzo
Kastrenzo

Another one bites the dust due to corporate intellectual property ********.

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.JAS
.JAS

You have my sword!

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vashtriguner
vashtriguner

And you have my bow

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mikaeljensenmart
mikaeljensenmart

I hope merp shall be reashed and this projekt is one of the best thing i ever seen So down with WB and rise merp!

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DarkVentus
DarkVentus

Signatures are close to 16k now :D

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abhmul
abhmul

Will 16000 signatures be enough?

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PsychoEliteNZ
PsychoEliteNZ

I think its really stupid that Warner Brothers has any thing to say.Its not their story,they didn't write the books,who says this is from the movies.This is really unfair and makes me upset.

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Gluvr3291
Gluvr3291

Agreed! All the designs for the game are coming from original concept art from before the movies I believe therefore WB pretty much already has no right to be involved

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AlexanderKallio
AlexanderKallio

I don't know if this will help very much, although i've uploaded a post on 9GAG (just for the number of visitors the site get) about the fantastic mod MERP and the help the development team needs against Warner Bros.

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abhmul
abhmul

What is the goal for the number of signatures for the petition?

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bwils362
bwils362

I put a post on the Steam Group Surreal Sanctum (guy is a legend) to post a video on his channels Surrealbeliefs and Surreallengends. Guy has ove 9000 subscribers, hope this helps :)

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