Bethesda Threatens Notch Over "Scrolls" Name


Posted August 5, 2011 - By Stephen Johnson

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Out of nowhere indie-game hit Minecraft has just surpassed 3 million sales, but all is not perfect in the pixelated world created by Markuss "Notch" Persson. According to Notch, developer Bethesda has threatened him over the name of his company's in-development game "Scrolls."

Here's the tweet:

"Just got a letter from Bethesta's lawyers. They claim 'Scrolls' infringes on their trademark and everyone will confuse it with Skyrim."

Could it be that the makers of Skyrim are a little afraid of the fact that Minecraft is scheduled for release on the same day that Skyrim hits? I would say this is highly unlikely... Bethesda's legal team has an obligation to patrol the video game world for names that might infringe on the company's trademarks, so I seriously doubt it's anything personal. 

Here's Notch's even-handed twitter response to the legal letter:

"I still <3 Bethesda. This is hopefully just lawyers being lawyers."

If you'd like an inside look at lawyers being lawyers, here's the actual letter.

Tell me, readers, are you likely to confuse Mojang's Scrolls with Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim?

Bethesda Threatens Notch Over "Scrolls" Name