Illustration for article titled Bethesda Settles Lawsuit with Mojang, Whose Next Game Can Be Called emScrolls/em

Over Twitter, Mojang founder and Minecraft creator Markus "Notch" Persson said his company and Bethesda Softworks reached a settlement in their trademark dispute over Scrolls, the name Mojang has chosen for its next game.

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"The settlement is that we give them the trademark, get to keep the name, and won't make an Elder Scrolls competitor using the name," Persson tweeted just after noon EST.

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Answering a question, Persson said Mojang did not have to pay "damages." It's unclear if any money changed hands for other purposes, although Persson said both sides' lawyers almost certainly made a lot of money.

I've emailed Bethesda to ask for confirmation of the terms and a comment on the deal. Any statement they make will go here.

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What a lovely ending to a completely stupid series of events. Congratulations, Notch and company. Stupid Bethesda never should've bothered.

Though honestly, Bethesda owning a trademark on the word "Scrolls" is kind of as dumb as someone owning the word "Hat" or something. American copyright law is total bullshit.

Here's an idea: I'm going to trademark the word "Bat" and sue DC Comics every time they make a Batman comic or video game. (Obviously copyright is not THIS simple, but this lawsuit sure felt that way)