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!

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11 Comments on Bethesda Suing Minecraft Creator (Update)

BlueberryYumYum

On August 5, 2011 at 1:16 pm

Quote -> It’s David versus Goliath; good luck, Notch!

Notch got enough cash to defend his choice of name, I doubt Bethsoft will throw that much after this, it’s merely a test of where the limit should go when enforcing trademarked games.

I can understand the lawyer trying the case, i would probably not have gone for this one in particular but something similar would have made sense, I presume they picked this one because there should be alot of cash floating around the Minecraft creator.

Red Menace

On August 5, 2011 at 1:27 pm

Well put, BlueberryYumYum.

Kyle W.

On August 5, 2011 at 2:12 pm

“It’s David versus Goliath; good luck, Notch!”

I’m more worried for Bethesda. Say what you will, Notch makes waay more money than he gets credit for. A lot of people I’ve talked to won’t even contemplate buying Skyrim, and its production budget is pretty massive.

Still, this all seems meaninglessly litigious. Why does Bethesda even care? Worst come to worst, they’ll alienate a audience of potentially a million if they really anger Notch or if they wind up hurting Minecraft’s development.

Aids

On August 5, 2011 at 2:38 pm

Micecraft was made for Autistics and Bethesda should sue this little jew to the stone age.

Mike T.

On August 5, 2011 at 2:59 pm

bethesda will win but this is all bull

quantumkitty

On August 5, 2011 at 4:15 pm

Aids… Notch isn’t a jew. That’s polish, not Swedish. Also, a lot of people who play Elder Scrolls games happen to be autistic too, nevermind the fact that I am autistic. now, shut up and leave your ignorance behind before you actually DO get aids.

LTenhet

On August 5, 2011 at 5:17 pm

Scrolls will in no way confuse people with THE ELDER SCROLLS… No one calls it THE ELDER SCROLLS anyway, we call it Morrowind, or Oblivion, or Skyrim or Arena and stuff if you’re an older gamer. Bethesda I’m disappointed in YOU

Darkraidor

On August 5, 2011 at 6:43 pm

Bestesda really is being obnoxious here. Just because their games are called the elder SCROLS doesnt mean that from now on no game may have the word scroll in it or face being sued.
I dont understand why bethesda would do this, but I agree with BlueberryYumYum.

Luther

On August 5, 2011 at 8:05 pm

Notch should change the name of his game to The Young Scrolls, now that there giving him heat.

Ali K

On August 6, 2011 at 12:01 pm

Jeez people obviously they aren’t going to sue, I mean we all know Bethseda they aren’t complete morons like someone said this would only hurt the game, I say this is just to get more publicity

It’s not confirmed that this will be takin to court yet for all we know this is just a formality that the lawyers have to go through

joder666

On August 6, 2011 at 9:31 pm

Everybody pick a dictionary and starts trademarking words you like, that’s the future.