Mojang and Bethesda Settle over Use of “Scrolls”

The standoff between Minecraft creator Markus “Notch” Persson and Bethesda has finally ended — relatively amicably. Bethesda will allow Notch to use the name “Scrolls” for his upcoming digital trading card game, but Bethesda will retain trademark of the word.

Notch tweeted:

Back in August, Notch revealed that Bethesda dropped a trademark notice on his upcoming digital trading card game, ‘Scrolls.’ 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 appears happy about the outcome, does this seem like a victory?

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1 Comment on Mojang and Bethesda Settle over Use of “Scrolls”


On March 12, 2012 at 12:16 pm

This spells major trouble for Mojang.

Bethesda at a later date can make Mojang pay royalty fees, which would likely drive up the price of scrolls to compensate for all that profit they would be losing.