Mojang Scores Temporary Win Against Bethesda

Swedish developer Mojang, of Minecraft fame, has won the interim injunction against Bethesda concerning their Scrolls copyright against Bethesda’s Elder Scrolls. Notch tweeted the good news, saying that Mojang may continue on with the Scrolls name as they please, but Bethesda is free to challenge the ruling and keep the case going in a legal war of attrition.

Still, a win is a win, even if it’s not a complete win. In case you didn’t know, Bethesda may have been in the tricky position of enforcing its copyrighted material in order to keep it safe from possible future cases involving the same property, in this case, The Elder Scrolls. And even though Mojang is a cute little critter compared to Bethesda’s big bad monster, they refused to back down from the fight (even proposing a game of Quake 3 to settle things).

So what happens now? The balls in Bethesda’s court now, really. Most level-headed gamers are probably hoping that they’d just drop the lawsuit now and enjoy Skyrim’s imminent release. It’d take a massively paranoid suit on Bethesda’s legal team to continue the case now, but hey, I probably shouldn’t be jinxing it.

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