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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.


"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.


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)