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:
Putt Putt being silly: http://t.co/SNF3LagykM
— Markus Persson (@notch) July 9, 2013