Yesterday it was revealed
that Bethesda’s lawsuit against
Mojang over the name of their upcoming card-based strategy game, “Scrolls,” would be heading
court despite several attempts to ward off the precedings (including a
the offering of a Quake
competition from Mojang, a challenge they later admitted likely
wouldn't have come out in their favor).
Since the story broke we reached
out to both parties for more information. While Bethesda declined to
comment, we received some interesting remarks from Carl Manneh, managing director at Mojang.
When asked what he thought would be the precedent set if
the case would go in Bethesda’s favor, Manneh said that “It would set a bad
example for the industry,” adding that it would also “show how poorly the
trademark legislation works.”
We also asked if there were any other reasons Bethesda
might be going after Mojang, as it seemed as though there might be more to the
story than had already come out, Manneh said that he didn’t know of any. In
fact, they’ve apparently tried to handle things outside of the legal system,
but were consistently rebuffed.
“We have tried to reach out to talk to Zenimax, but we
are always blocked by layers of lawyers,” he said. “We think that is a very
unproductive and expensive way of communicating.”
We’ve reached out again to Bethesda for comments on Manneh’s
remarks, and will keep you updated on the story as it develops.
Sep 28, 2011