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Mojang & Don Mattrick receive cease and desist letters from Putt-Putt mini golf chain

Wednesday, 10th July 2013 08:59 GMT By Dave Cook

Minecraft developer Mojang has received a cease and desist letter from American mini golf chain Putt-Putt over user-created levels that recreated the company’s miniature courses.

Mojang founder Markus ‘Notch’ Persson posted an image of Putt-Putt’s letter on Twitter.

It reads, “It has recently come to our attention that Mojang AB has been using, without authorization our famous Putt-Putt trademarks in connection with your business,” and adds, “We feel that Mojang AB’s use of of the Putt-Putt name has benefited Mojang AB to the detriment of Putt-Putt.”

The company wants Mojang to immediately refrain from using Putt-Putt’s logos and designs henceforth. However, as it is up to users what they do when making Minecraft creations, it’s not actually Mojang who is using the Putt-Putt brand

Here’s an example of a Putt-Putt world:

But as PCGamesN points out, Contributory Liability law does seek out to block those who enable copyright infringement. As Mojang gave players the necessary tools to make their Putt-Putt stages, it could be held accountable.

However, the site adds that would only stand up if the Putt-Putt can prove Minecraft launched in an incomplete state, and that it spurred players to fix it themselves, causing an infringement on another company’s copyright. It quite rightly adds that this would be hard for Putt-Putt to prove.

Also, Putt-Putt sent the letter to Don Mattrick due to the Xbox 360 version of the game. He’s off to Zynga though, so it’s not yet clear what his stance is on the matter.

What do you make of the above?

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  1. Bam007

    This is a joke, right?

    #1 10 months ago
  2. zme-ul

    don’t screw with our ballz :D

    #2 10 months ago
  3. Samoan Spider

    Streisand effect. I didn’t know about this. I think I’ll go get the putt-putt world now.

    #3 10 months ago
  4. silkvg247

    I’m not sure what it is that they think they own.. do they believe they own the right to the entire concept of mini golf?

    What next anyway.. tree gets sued cos kid drew a golf course on some paper?

    MORONS.

    #4 10 months ago
  5. DirtBlockDigger

    I am the creator of the map in question, and I’ve been having a great laugh all night long at the press its gotten. Words cant describe my expression whilst reading the post and seeing my map in the pictures.

    #5 10 months ago
  6. silkvg247

    @5 Clearly you are a filthy plagiarizing criminal! STOP DESTROYING PUTT PUTTS BRAND! JUST STOP IT!

    #6 10 months ago
  7. itsmeagain

    “Contributory Liability law does seek out to block those who enable copyright infringement. As Mojang gave players the necessary tools to make their Putt-Putt stages, it could be held accountable.”

    Adobe makes copyright infringement possible by selling Photoshop & related software. Oh, Microsoft makes copyright infringement possible by selling an Operating System that allows people to use computers and do things like infringing copyrights. HP and Canon make printers, which can be used to infringe copyrights, Canon also makes photo camera, so you can take pictures of copyrighted things and then infringe said copyrights. Any pencil manufacturer in the world gives people necessary tools to draw copyrighted images…

    Just because somebody gives you the possibility to be creative, they don’t encourage people to infringe copyrights. Surely, no court will think twice of this.

    Or as Rock, Paper, Shotgun put(t)s it: “Minecraft of course no more contains Putt-Putt trademarks than a box of Crayola crayons contains the works of Disney. ”

    Also, this is not about copyright, but about trademarks. Similar, but different.

    #7 10 months ago
  8. Cobra951

    @7: Yes. Thank you for saving me some time. Minecraft is clearly analogous to any other product which facilitates user creativity. This is not the first time Mojang has had to defend itself from such idiotic claims. A court’s interpretation of laws and where they apply can sometimes be idiotic too, which is the one source of concern.

    #8 10 months ago
  9. MadFlavour

    This is like the writer of a book or song or whatever suing Bic because someone coppied out a version of their book or song or whatever using a Bic pen.

    #9 10 months ago