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Bethesda's 'Scrolls' Lawsuit Going Ahead 332

New submitter person46 writes "Bethesda's lawsuit against Mojang, developers of Minecraft, is going to court. As you may recall, Bethesda is claiming copyright infringement over the title of Mojang's upcoming CCG/board game Scrolls. Bethesda claims that the name and game concept are too similar to their well-known RPG franchise The Elder Scrolls. '[C]ourt documents show that Bethesda lawyers plan to use comments on Scrolls articles and videos from around the web to show how people will confuse Scrolls with The Elder Scrolls. He also added that they've captured screenshots of Scrolls' trailer as a way of showing how Mojang has copied Bethesda because both Skyrim and Scrolls contain mountains.' Mojang founder Notch had offered to settle the dispute with a friendly game of Quake 3, but apparently Bethesda wasn't up for that."
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Bethesda's 'Scrolls' Lawsuit Going Ahead

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday September 27, 2011 @10:36PM (#37535620)

    "Bethesda is claiming copyright infringement," no they're claiming trademark infringement. Big difference.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday September 27, 2011 @11:09PM (#37535910)

    Go ahead and search on http://tess2.uspto.gov/ [uspto.gov] for "scrolls"

    With a filing date of May of this year, Mojang applied for a word mark on the word "Scrolls". Check the link, but this is just some of the claims they're making:

    "Computer games; video games; computer software; computer and video games software; computer software downloaded or downloadable; computer software publications downloaded; interactive entertainment software; data recorded electronically from the Internet; data recorded in machine readable form from the Internet; discs, tapes, cartridges, CD-ROMs and other magnetic, electronic or optical media, all bearing computer games software or video games; electronic amusement apparatus for use with television receivers; electronic games apparatus; home video game machines"

    Maybe a lawyer can come along and clarify if this is Bethesda being paranoid or if they're justified in feeling threatened.

  • Re:what!? (Score:4, Informative)

    by hedwards ( 940851 ) on Tuesday September 27, 2011 @11:36PM (#37536078)

    That's a bit different. Scrolls is just a generic word that's been around for centuries. Minecraft is a word that I wasn't aware of at all until Notch created it. If it was in use at all prior to the game being conceived of, it wasn't in common use at the time.

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