news\ Sep 27, 2011 at 5:00 pm

Bethesda and Mojang Going to Court Over ‘Scrolls’ Game


“You’re fired.”  Remember when Donald Trump tried to trademark that phrase?  Or how Charlie Sheen is trying to trademark 22 phrases including, “Duh. Winning.”  How ridiculous does all of this sound?

Almost as ridiculous as the news that Minecraft creator, Markus ‘Notch’ Persson just shared via Twitter:

“The Scrolls case is going to court! Weee! :D”

Judging by the smiley face at the end he doesn’t seem too worried about Mojang taking on big, bad Bethesda for the right to retain the name for their upcoming fantasy trading card game.  Earlier this year, Bethesda opened up a case claiming that the word “Scrolls” infringes on their The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim trademark.

Notch’s at first hoped “this is hopefully just lawyers being lawyers”.  Apparently that’s not the case as it seems Bethesda are very serious about getting Mojang to change the name of their new game.

I still don’t understand how a company can trademark a simple word like “Scrolls”.  It’s not like Mojang is blatantly ripping them off with something like, “The Elder Cards: Scrolls”.

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