ZeniMax Media, parent company of Bethesda, will be taking Minecraft developer Mojang to court over usage of the word ‘scrolls’ (yes, really).
Back in August, Mojang from ZeniMax. The ZeniMax/Bethesda legal team was taking issue with Mojang’s attempts to trademark the word ‘Scrolls’.
Mojang’s own lawyers had recommended to Markus Persson that he trademark the name of Minecraft and, as Scrolls was also in development by the studio, that trademark was applied for too.
ZeniMax/Bethesda already own the trademark on ‘The Elder Scrolls’ and claimed in the legal notice that trademarking ‘Scrolls’ would infringe upon this, threatening to sue Mojang if the studio did not change the name of its forthcoming game.
These were not idle threats, and Persson has confirmed today via Twitter that “The Scrolls case is going to court! Weee!”.
Mojang Business Developer Daniel Kaplan has added that the court notice contains details of evidence submitted by ZeniMax/Bethesda including screenshots, online user comments and articles in an attempt to show that buyers may be confused between Scrolls and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.
“We are going to do as much as we can [to defend the name]”, he added.
Image taken from The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and not, for example, Scrolls. Don’t get confused now!