The next time you’re reading an article about the latest release from Bethesda, it’s important to note that the company has been sued by an unnamed former employee.
The employee claims that Bethesda copied and pasted parts of the game’s code and created a new executable without permission.
Bethesda has a long history of suing people who steal its intellectual property, and this latest lawsuit isn’t likely to stop them.
The person who made the complaint, who spoke to Ars Technica on the condition of anonymity, claimed that he quit the company in February 2018 and was fired a month later.
According to Ars, Bethesda’s legal department declined to comment on the specifics of the complaint and declined to answer questions about why the employee was fired.
Bethesda’s current legal team has also declined to discuss the complaint.
The company has not yet responded to Ars’ request for comment.
Bethesda recently added the following disclaimer to its site: Bethesda’s intellectual property is protected by United States and international copyright and trademark laws.
This disclaimer applies to all copies of the product that are distributed.
However, Bethesda doesn’t seem to have been forthcoming with the information that the former employee provided to Ars.
“Bethesda is not a party to this claim,” Bethesda’s website said in a statement.
“As we have said in the past, our focus is on our games and our products, and we are not in the business of defending our intellectual property.”
The employee told Ars that the copy-and-paste technique was “an unauthorized modification of the code” and that Bethesda “never intended to infringe anyone’s copyright.”
Ars has reached out to Bethesda for comment and will update this article when we hear back.