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Mojang: 'Really Silly' Bethesda  Scrolls  Case Heads To Court

Mojang: 'Really Silly' Bethesda Scrolls Case Heads To Court

September 27, 2011 | By Mike Rose




Minecraft developer Mojang today received a notice from a Swedish court, stating that Elder Scrolls publisher Bethesda is going ahead with the infringement claim regarding upcoming title Scrolls.

Last month, Mojang received a letter from Bethesda accusing the Swedish studio of infringing on Bethesda's The Elder Scrolls trademark with its in-development digital card game Scrolls.

"The Scrolls case is going to court!" revealed developer Markus Persson via Twitter.

Daniel Kaplan, Mojang business developer, confirmed to Gamasutra, "Yeah, we got a notice from the Swedish court."

He told us that his company will soon be able to send in evidence in its defense. "We are going to do as much as we can," he said, "since I really hate it how the big boys always get their own way."

He explained that the document reveals how Bethesda lawyers are using comments on Scrolls videos and articles about the game to prove that the name will confuse players into believing that Scrolls is part of the Elder Scrolls franchise.

"They even took screenshots from our trailer and said we copied them... we have mountains in the Scrolls trailer, and they have that too in Skyrim," he laughed.

"It is really silly believing our game will be confused with their FPS-RPG with realistic graphics," he continued. "They have dumped everything they could find about Scrolls."

He noted that if the worst comes to the worst, Mojang will be forced to change the name of its upcoming title.

Gamasutra has contacted Bethesda for comment.


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