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Bethesda ‘lawyers up’ on Minecraft creator


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While most people from Bethesda and id Software are at QuakeCon this weekend, it seems that at least one of them has stayed back at the office, buried under a pile of paperwork.

How do we know this? A tweet from Minecraft creator Notch, who has just received a message from the company's law team.

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

That is referring to Scrolls, the new game in the works from Notch's company Mojang Specifications - it's a strategy, fantasy title reminiscent of collectible card games, and it was announced back in March 2011, after being in the planning stages for at least five years.

The other game is, of course, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, an inevitable monster-RPG blockbuster, currently being developed at Bethesda Softworks. It was officially announced in December 2010, after being conceptualised "shortly after the release of Oblivion" in 2006.

The legal letter regarding Scrolls / Skyrim

The 15-page legal letter - in Swedish

Despite the exasperated response from Mojang Business Developer Daniel Kaplan ("again? =/"), a later update from Notch revealed the developer is optimistic.

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

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