Bethesda Suing Minecraft Creator (Update)
As we reported earlier, a tweet from Minecraft creator Notch revealed that Bethesda dropped a trademark notice his upcoming digital trading card game, ‘Scrolls.’ In response to the deluge of feedback Notch has received, he wrote a blog post providing details.
It all started when Notch’s lawyers recommended he register “Scrolls” as a trademark, after which Bethesda’s lawyers contact him, inquiring about the “Scrolls” trademark he was applying for and claiming it conflicted with their existing trademark, “The Elder Scrolls.” While Notch attempted to clear up any confusion and insist that his work was not derivative, he received no response. Until…
Today, I got a 15 page letter from some Swedish lawyer firm, saying they demand us to stop using the name Scrolls, that they will sue us (and have already paid the fee to the Swedish court), and that they demand a pile of money up front before the legal process has even started.
Notch is taking the lawsuit in good spirit, though:
I love Bethesda. I assume this nonsense is partly just their lawyers being lawyers, and a result of trademark law being the way it is.
It’s David versus Goliath; good luck, Notch!