A recent spat between Markus Persson of Mojang, also known as Notch, and the RPG developer Bethesda over the use of the trademark Scrolls has come to a current end. Notch’s twitter has announced that they won the interim injunction, meaning the Scrolls project can go as planned under its current name.
Bethesda and ZeniMax can still appeal the court ruling, but all this would do at this point is cost them a fortune in legal fees and give them some very bad publicity for abusing trademark laws, which has in recent years become a major taboo among many and has made small groups call for copyright reform. Courts are often adamant in what they say and more often don’t take kindly to the common man arguing with the law.
A congratulations to Mojang on this legal victory, my opinion on Bethesda took some pretty massive dives when I found they were trying to sue, claiming they had a trademark on a piece of technology that’s quite literally older than Moses. That’s what happens when you get far too greedy and too bitchy about what you have trademarked and what you don’t have trademarked. I’m certain that Notch’s sense of humor will have him covering Scrolls in subtle references to the sandbox RPG series.