Bethesda suing Notch

Discussion in 'General Gaming and Hardware Forum' started by rcorporon, Aug 6, 2011.

  1. Khan FurSainty

    Khan FurSainty Look, Ma! Two Heads!

    Apr 23, 2009
    Maybe people will confuse Notch's "Scrolls" for "The Elder Scrolls VI: Scrolls"
  2. Crni Vuk

    Crni Vuk M4A3 Oldfag oTO Orderite

    Nov 25, 2008
    I am curious.

    Lets assume you're an Elder.

    Are you allowed to touch the Scroll bar ?
  3. Walpknut

    Walpknut This ghoul has seen it all

    Dec 30, 2010
    Next time I watch Castle in the SKY I am gonna be so confused, I mean is it part of the Skyrim continuity? How can I even know?
  4. .Pixote.

    .Pixote. Antediluvian as Feck

    Sep 14, 2009
    Imagine the frustration of those individuals who indulge in a bit of rimming, Bethesda will obviously lay claim to that. :P
  5. Wintermind

    Wintermind Vault Senior Citizen

    Jan 21, 2011
    The idea was that they'd establish a history of actually trying to protect their trademark, frivolous or not. They said that in the article.
  6. rcorporon

    rcorporon So Old I'm Losing Radiation Signs

    Jan 31, 2008
    The optics of it however, make it appear that they are continuing their tradition of douchebaggery.
  7. Ilosar

    Ilosar Vault Fossil

    Apr 20, 2010
    This wouldn't be (much of) of problem if it didn't appear so petty; seriously, trademarking ''Scrolls''? If it was Skyrim then yes it's understandable, not a common word. And sueing a small indie studio over it? What next, trademark ''fruit'' and sue every single person in the world uttering it? This is completely ridiculous.

    But anyway, we know Beth's lawyers are a bunch of idiots already. Here's hoping Notch won't be too affected by any bad publicity (who am I kidding, it's free ads for him).
  8. ViewedCloth

    ViewedCloth Still Mildly Glowing

    May 20, 2011
    I like Bethesda but their lawyers..... just as bad as their writers and in an ironic twist Todd Howard had a nice chat with 'Notch' about a month ago, it's on the UESP wiki's front page
  9. James Snowscoran

    James Snowscoran Still Mildly Glowing

    Jun 1, 2011
    Can't help but feel like Bethesda's lawyers are trying way too hard to avoid getting downsized in this rough economy by launching legal action left and right to show they're actually doing something.
  10. Alphadrop

    Alphadrop A right proper chap.

    Aug 21, 2008
    Ain't nothin' like some hardcore railgunnin' to show who's the man.
    I doubt the Beth lawyers know what Quake 3 is though.
  11. Starseeker

    Starseeker Vault Senior Citizen

    Jul 25, 2003
    lol, what is this? A scene from undergrad? Then does that mean a lawsuit that costs thousands of dollars and a waste of everyone's time is just nothing more than a college freshmens' geek fight? Does that mean little Todd got snubbed in someone during the "chat" about his, I don't know, favorite style of light saber or favorite trek captain or something? :P
  12. Wintermind

    Wintermind Vault Senior Citizen

    Jan 21, 2011
    It's nice to that Notch both has a sense of humor about this and realises that it isn't personal, and just bethesda doing this shit how it's supposed to be done. Apparently you have to sue over shit like this or stand a chance to lose your trademark/copyright, because American laws concerning that shit are fucking crazy.

    And Notch has a clear advantage because Bethesda don't know shit about multiplayer.
  13. Wintermind

    Wintermind Vault Senior Citizen

    Jan 21, 2011
    So you think their financial success is solely because of what, luck?
  14. UncannyGarlic

    UncannyGarlic Sonny, I Watched the Vault Bein' Built!

    Feb 6, 2008
    No, you have to sue over things that actually violate your trademark and/or copyrights. Frivolous lawsuits do nothing to establish a case history of protecting your mark.
  15. LinkPain

    LinkPain Mildly Dipped

    Jan 18, 2011
    Zenimax was on Kaiser Report on RT news frequently. Always bashing them. I guess he had a point. But this is beyond everything I imagined. And there we were joking about Beth lawyers all the time. It wasn't a joke after all, they are complete assholes.

    If Bioware had "sold their souls to the Devil" (EA), to who the hell was Fallout sold then? Lucifer?
    I think praying for Fallout 4 is a viable option now...
  16. UncannyGarlic

    UncannyGarlic Sonny, I Watched the Vault Bein' Built!

    Feb 6, 2008
    I'm not so sure that Zenimax's legal department is so evil, they seem to enjoy filing frivolous suits so they may be incompetent but it's all approved by upper management.
  17. drgong

    drgong It Wandered In From the Wastes

    Aug 13, 2004
    This is more about copy-right then actual violation.

    And I know that this is heathen to say, but Bethesda actually makes some darn fine Fantasy RPGs, even if Morrowind > Oblivion. And while Fallout 3 was not great, it was still not bad.

    And yes, this is a stupid lawsuit, and i sure as heck hope its thrown out.
  18. Two-step

    Two-step First time out of the vault

    Aug 24, 2011
    FO is not exactly guilt free of borrowing from other companies, Coca Cola(Nuka Cola), Heckler & Koch(H&K), GE (M-134), Gill Hibben(throwing knife), Games Workshop(power armor),.... just to name a few. I am sure that if the "want" was there, FO/ Bethesda could end up facing dozens of intellectual and copy right infringement suits.

    A tactic that is sometimes used by a big company is intimidation against a potential competitor, by filing a law suit that a smaller competitor simply can not afford to enter.
    I have seen this happen with a very small company that I was pretty close to and which had to shut down production because they simply could not afford to take on the big conglomerate. In fact, the threat of the law suit was enough to destroy their entire production line.
  19. UncannyGarlic

    UncannyGarlic Sonny, I Watched the Vault Bein' Built!

    Feb 6, 2008
    Parody, likely used with permission, ditto, ditto, and Starship Troopers created and popularized the modern concept of power armor.