Minecraft founder sued by Bethesda over Scrolls

Posted on Sunday, August 07 2011 @ 22:17 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
Minecraft developer Notch reports his new "Scrolls" project has landed him into legal trouble with Bethesda, you can read his blog over here.
A while later, out of the blue, we got contacted by Bethesda’s lawyers. 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.

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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.




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