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Mojang and Bethesda heading to court over Scrolls trademark

Tuesday, 27th September 2011 15:48 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Markus Persson has stated over Twitter that the trademark issue between Mojang and Bethesda over the name “Scrolls” is heading to court.

Last month, Mojang received a letter from Betheda’s legal department stating that the name of the firm’s digital trading card game, Scrolls, was in violation of the Elder Scrolls trademark.

Notch has said previously that Bethesda’s claim was “bogus,” as there wasn’t any way a consumer could ever confuse his firm’s game with Skyrim or any other Elder Scrolls game.

Calling Bethesda’s letter “lawyers being lawyers,” at the time, and jokingly saying the two firms could settle the dispute over a friendly game of Quake 3, it now looks as though it will be settled by a day in court instead.

We’ll keep you updated as the story progresses.

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  1. DSB

    Nice. Notch goes “I’m sure Bethesda aren’t cunts like that” to which Bethesda replies “ARE TOO!”

    #1 3 years ago
  2. silkvg247

    Hmm so why isn’t Ubi doing the same against THQ?

    Company of Heroes is clearly using their Heroes trademark!

    #2 3 years ago
  3. Sini

    Beyond fucking retarded. I’m just going to have to “borrow” the pc version of skyrim, and by borrow I mean steal.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. GwynbleiddiuM

    lol@Bethesda, it’s truly pathetic. Next on court, John Carmack and Johnny Cullen settling a dispute over Johnny stealing the John outa Carmack’s name.

    BTW, make sure when you’re ‘SCROLL’ing a page down no Bethesda lawyers are around they might sue you.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. Artheval_Pe

    If I remember well, the problem is if someones uses the name “Scrolls” and Bethesda doesn’t sue, in American law, it can be viewed as a renounciation to the rights on the name “Elder Scrolls” for which Bethesda could loose all rights.

    More than Bethesda being cunts, it’s more about American law being stupid. I suspect Bethesda lawyers don’t even care about winning that one. They just sue so that nobody could claim “The Elder Scrolls” name under the fact that Bethesda didn’t sue when part of the name was being used.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. hitnrun

    Subheading: Bethesda to drop suit in 2 months.

    @5: Nah. You can surrender your rights to your trademarks under American law, even sometimes through inaction, but not for something tangentially related like this.

    It’s possible that you’re right in that Bethesda wants to preserve their right to sue other people who name their game a variation of “scrolls.” However, it’s hard to imagine such a situation that wouldn’t be equally stupid.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. Hybridpsycho

    No matter how ridiculous you guys think this sounds. This IS how it works in the world of business, something that Notch will have to get used to and sooner or later he’ll be just as likely to do something like this.

    Stop whining ’cause you love Notch…we know Minecraft is awesome.

    #7 3 years ago