Putt Putt Threatens Mojang Over User-Made Maps, Notch Calls Them 'Silly'

July 10, 2013 -

Miniature golf company Putt-Putt golf has threatened to sue Minecraft maker Mojang for maps that feature the putt-putt name, according to Eurogamer. The problem with the threat? The examples they use in pointing out trademark infringement were created by the Minecraft community and not Mojang... Minecraft creator Markus "Notch" Persson posted an image of the cease-and-desist letter on Twitter along with a message that the company was being pretty silly.

"It has recently come to our attention that Mojang AB has been using, without authorization our famous Putt-Putt trademarks in connection with your business," said the letter from Putt Putt. "We feel that Mojang AB's use of the Putt-Putt name has benefited Mojang AB to the detriment of Putt-Putt."

Obviously Mojang isn't take this letter seriously, mainly because it ultimately has nothing to do with them. Mojang's business developer Daniel Kaplan summed up the company's feelings on the matter to Eurogamer:

"Players are able to do amazing creative things in Minecraft in a similar fashion to artists doing whatever they want in Photoshop. It is up to the end users to play/create in a responsible manner."

In other words, Putt Putt has to go after the community at large if it really wants these Minecraft creations to go away. Of course, it won't help their image in doing so...

You can see Persson's tweet below:



Source: Eurogamer



Re: Putt Putt Threatens Mojang Over User-Made Maps, Notch ...

Putt Putt needs to ask Marvel how this went when they tried suing City of Heroes because COH let people make Marvel characters.

Re: Putt Putt Threatens Mojang Over User-Made Maps, Notch ...

Lawyers gotta get paid!

Re: Putt Putt Threatens Mojang Over User-Made Maps, Notch ...

I kinda wonder when I see stuff like this if they are using some kind of freelance IP firm that gets paid for settlements but is otherwise uneffected by bad PR.  It is a silly threat, but if it is some 3rd party that has nothing to loose by grasping at straws then they likely will.

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