Bethesda Threatens To Sue MineCraft Creator Over A Single Word

Betheda has sent a cease and desist letter to MineCraft creators, demanding that they stop using the name "Scrolls" for their upcoming name, on ground that it infringes on their "The Elder Scrolls" trademark.

"First of all, 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," MineCraft creator Markus "Notch" Persson wrote on his blog.

"… Out of the blue, we got contacted by Bethesda's lawyers," he continued. "They wanted to know more about the "Scrolls" trademark we were applying for, and claimed it conflicted with their existing trademark 'The Elder Scrolls'."

"I agree that the word "Scrolls" is part of that trademark, but as a gamer, I have never ever considered that series of (very good) role playing games to be about scrolls in any way, nor was that ever the focal point of neither their marketing nor the public image."

"The implication that you could own the right to all individual words within a trademark is also a bit scary. We looked things up and realized they didn't have much of a case, but we still took it seriously. Nothing about Scrolls is meant to in any way derive from or allude to their games."

"We suggested a compromise where we'd agree to never put any words in front of 'Scrolls', and instead call sequels and other things something along the lines of 'Scrolls - The Banana Expansion'. I am not sure if they ever got back to us with a reply to this."

The 15 pages cease and desist letter demanded monetary compensation under the threat of bringing the case to court.

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Hmmm

Bethesda games are one of the only ones i will buy rather than download.

But after this crap that changes.

Wonder how many will follow suit now.

Nonesense

He could win this case easily. It's simple, there is in fact no rule, no rule at al for someone to trademark a single word that is written everywhere in a dictionary.

The only way bethesda can win this is to bribe the lawyer with massive $$$.

ppl buy bethesda shit still?

really? morrowind was aight, but everything after that was dl list trash at best. play for 4 hrs, get bored and removed from hdd. minecrafts creatism and imagination far surpasses anything bethesda has. graphics aside....

ive spent more time playing minecraft then every game bethesda has ever released combined... x2

I'm on board.

It was the first thought that came to mind.

I love Bethesda games. Don't make me fucking boycott you over your fucking stupidity, Bethesda. No one owns words you dumb cunts!

And by boycott, I mean not pay for, I don't mean never play.

OMG!

Now that apple got amazons App Store closed just cuz of the combination of the words "App" and "Store" everyone is gonna do this.

well actually apple is gonna take over the world because of the idiot fanboys in the patent office.

so in a few years the future of technology is doomed cuz apple will be the last company in the world and they wont have anyone to steal ideas from anymore.

Meh

No worries MS already obtained the patents for "sudo get" command, the jury is still out on that one. No one knows what they plan to do with it.

Meh

Next Bethesda will trademark fruits and vegetables, I'm not a lawyer but I'm pretty sure you can't trademark words out of the dictionary. Unless the game infringes on an idea or a set of ideas, mimicking or otherwise straight out copying.

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