Come-on Bethesda, you make great games, don't make an ass out of yourself.
Well put, Bethesda is one of my favorite companies when it comes to video gaming but this is kind of ridiculous.
I don't see why it would even be a violation using only the word, "Scrolls."
That's somewhat ignorant, in my opinion.
That's like taking a word out of the dictionary and keeping it to yourself, if anyone else says it, you arrest them.
I don't think Bethesda will really get anything out of this, Mojang probably will get that extra boost in noticability.
Bethesda has now lost my respect. They are just trying to steal money from the little guys. Not like they need anymore. how would they feel if someone came along and tried to sue them when they were making daggerfall?.....
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I don't see how anyone can support Mojang on this one. They are trying to patent a single word, across pretty much every platform there is (video games, merchandise, t-shirts, etc.). If they did get that patent it would allow them to force everyone who has scrolls in their name to change, even if they came first.
It's ridiculous someone would even try to make a one word trademark and any judge who sides with Mojang on this is a complete idiot. Besthada is just protecting themselves as Mojang would have the grounds to sue them and force them to remove scrolls from their game if they had the scrolls trademark.
Stop being fanboys as that is the only way I can see someone supporting Mojang on this case.
So then... Bethesda's trademark on Brink and RAGE, along with their upcoming game Dishonored should all be undone as well, correct?
Not to mention their game WET.
Out of those only rage and wet are common words, and wet is the only one I see a problem with as it is very common.
Rage has only a single line of trademark that applies to video games only.
This doesn't make it okay to trademark a single word but it really isn't as bad as mojang's.
Scrolls is also a very common word and Mojang are trying to trademark it across all existing platforms. Any movie, tv show, shirt brand, or video game company could be forced to change and pay damages to mojang if they went through with it.
Besthada does not create long trademarks that could be used to abuse smaller companies.
This lawsuit isn't about Mojang using the word scrolls in a videogame, Besthada doesn't own the word. It is about Mojang trying to gain ownership, which could in turn allow them to abuse the trademark and Besthada.
While on the surface this looks petty on Bethesda's part, I can understand why they are doing it. Mojang was way too broad in their trademark application for "Scrolls" claiming use of the word in all print, digital media, etc. Mojang has since backed off of this global stance in their application, but if left unchallenged, anything (game, shirts, wed sites) that had the word Scrolls would have been a trademark violation. My guess is that Mojang will win limited trademark rights to the name Scrolls, but nothing close to the original proposed plan.
Read Notch's October 3 entry on his blog where he links to an excellent summary of the lawsuit.