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Submitted by Pintofbitter 987d ago | news

Bethesda vs Notch: Publisher makes legal claim

Bethesda has allegedly sent Minecraft creator Markus 'Notch' Persson a legal note claiming that the name of his new game infringes on their trademark. (Notch, PC, Scrolls, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim)

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joshpoppedyou  +   987d ago
talk about writing the bare minimal, its good to see you make a full article of it
Rushing_Punch  +   987d ago
True, this really ended up being a media "Firsties" lol
evrfighter  +   987d ago
Im gonna patent the phrase "patent trolls"

I get the feeling its gonna be a lot more commonplace nowadays.
BeastlyRig  +   987d ago
FU Bethesda..

I though the scroll wheel on my mouse was from Skyrim.. Derp..
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Convas  +   987d ago
Lullz, talk about stupid.

How can you confuse 'Scrolls' with 'The Elder Scrolls'? They are pretty different.
Azurite  +   987d ago
I usually say Morrowind, Oblivion and Skyrim.
The complete title is redundant and seldom used. (at least imho)
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_LarZen_  +   987d ago
Bethesta dont own the word scroll....that is just idiotic and I can never think it wil stick in cort?
Kran  +   987d ago
I know right! If a company owned a word, then half the games people know might have different names right now.
Cpt_kitten   987d ago | Trolling | show | Replies(1)
kesvalk  +   987d ago
i don't want to live on this planet anymore...
dlohnug  +   987d ago
Plus bubs, Hero, lmao!
Pro_TactX  +   987d ago
Bethesda does not own a trademark for "Scrolls". They do own a trademark for "The Elder Scrolls", but that isn't the same thing at all.
Saladfax  +   987d ago
Hopefully this was just the legal department being drunk and stupid, but I don't think they realize how much of a PR faux pas this really is.

First: there's absolutely nothing useful to gain. The entire argument is completely idiotic, as they have no ground with which to pursue this claim. Even if they were right, and it could cause confusion (they aren't, it doesn't), they don't have a leg to stand on in a legal sense.

Second: everyone and their dog knows how stupid the claim is, which means that, even if it was just a dumb thing from the legal department, the whole company is going to be judged for it.

Third: there is no reason why this claim even needs to exist. There will not be confusion. There will not be problems with name recognition. The Elder Scrolls series is almost *never* referred to by its full name. It always the subtitle. For God's sake, I've even heard Skyrim referred to more often as the sequel to Oblivion than as the next Elder Scrolls.

There's just absolutely nothing to gain by doing this except a moderate pile of mocking and scorn. Who the hell had this idea, and why haven't they been fired yet?
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wallis  +   987d ago
Bethesda need to put their legal department on a leash. This case and the one against interplay (Yeah we'll sell you the rights to a fallout mmo but you can't use any element of the fallout franchise) makes them look like more like activision than the guys who go around buying companies like Arkane and Human head studios and giving them funding for new games.
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coolasj  +   987d ago
Hell, I didn't even know Scrolls existed. Free PR!
Yeah, this is stupid. Hopefully, someone steps up and stops being stupid.

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