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Mojang wins interim injunction against Bethesda over "Scrolls" name

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The lawsuit that Mojang claimed would "set a bad example for the industry" may be over. Well, at least for now. According to Markus Persson's (Notch) Twitter account, the Swedish developer has won the interim injunction against Bethesda over the rights to use the "Scrolls" name. "We won the interim injunction!" Persson said, "We can keep using the name "Scrolls"."

But there's still a chance that it could go on. Persson also explained that Bethesda/ZeniMax could appeal the ruling, dragging this case on even further.

For those who haven't been following the case, here's the scoop: Bethesda claimed that Mojang's Scrolls was infringing on their copyright for The Elder Scrolls and Mojang didn't back down. It's obviously a stretch, but many have said that it's important for companies to threaten lawsuits when it comes to copyright laws, for fear of losing their properties' names. We're thinking that the fact that it went this far is proof enough that ZeniMax is committed to protecting its name. In other words: they're not all bark. 

What, exactly, does this mean? While it's not the same as Mojang "winning" the full-fledged case, it means that, for the time being, Mojang can continue to use the name "Scrolls" for their card-based PC game. Hopefully, Bethesda will take the hint and bow out of the case with a (very) little grace. We'd personally love to hear that they're dropping the lawsuit entirely, since we'll likely forget all about it when Skyrim releases next month. If they keep pushing after that, though... well, we can't make any promises.

Oct 18, 2011

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8 comments

  • chazxz - October 18, 2011 1:40 a.m.

    Why does Bethesda have to make such good games. Even if they don't back out I'm going to end up buying all their games anyway because they are so good.
  • mockraven - October 18, 2011 6:52 a.m.

    Good for Mojang! I'd really hate to tell my friends about this new game called "Rolled Sheets of Parchment" when it finally came out just because of some petty dispute.
  • Austin_SJ - October 18, 2011 7:23 a.m.

    I can't wait to accidentally buy a Mojang game instead of Skyrim. After all everyone knows it's so easy to get confused between scrolls and Elder Scrolls. Anyway I'm back off to play Bethesda's Dead Sea.
  • Elitepwnsface - October 18, 2011 7:47 a.m.

    I'm glad he got to keep the name.
  • McSpermie - October 18, 2011 9:05 a.m.

    None of you know what's really going on do you? It's so sad, even the author of this article doesn't know what's going on. NOTCH FILED THE RIGHT FOR THE WORD SCROLLS, RANGING FROM TOYS TO ANY KIND OF GAME. If anybody used the word scrolls, Notch could bring them to court. Luckily no one uses the word scrolls in any of their... Oh wait. Elder Scrolls does! http://kotaku.com/5846111/mojang-v-bethesda-or-i-hate-it-when-mommy-and-daddy-fight-[update]
  • FOZ - October 18, 2011 9:46 a.m.

    Yeah, I'm sure this was all an elaborate, under-handed ploy by Notch to sue Bethesda. It's been his master plan ever since he created Minecraft. And next he's going to marry Zenimax's daughter, then have her father suffer an "unfortunate accident" and inherit the estate. Look, as goofy as it is that Mojang is trying to get such a broad copyright for a word like "scrolls," I doubt it gives them the power to sue Zenimax. That doesn't make any goddamn sense.
  • BudaBaker - October 18, 2011 10:50 a.m.

    Notch actually responded to that article saying that they realized they should trademark minecraft so nobody steals there name and while they were doing that they should try scrolls to he said he didn't know if you could trademark a single word like that and that they could always say they cant to any part of it or the whole thing. When Bethesda sued them they said they would add subtitles to the name or drop it all together but Bethesda never responded and went on with the lawsuit. Notch has said many times that he did not want to have any problems with Bethesda and that he loves there games and respects them.
  • maxmanatarms - January 22, 2012 12:02 a.m.

    This is funny.People really don't get it.Bethsda may be fighting for themselves but also for anyone who has scrolls in there name.Have any of you read what Mojang copyright has? Anything with the word scrolls will be there legal right. EVERYTHING. You guys don't get it I guess.I hope Mojang loses out. After everything Notch did to start this? He could of had any other name any.He picks one that makes the largest splash and the most attention to it.Then he trys to OWN the word in every way shape and form.There just trying to legaly protect themselves.

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