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Bethesda: Mojang's comments haven't given a complete picture

Pete Hines gives public reaction to Bethesda/Mojang Scrolls lawsuit

Bethesda vice president Pete Hines has publicly reacted to comments made by indie developer Mojang about the two companies' legal battle.

"Mojang's public comments have not given a complete picture as it relates to their filings, our trademarks, or events that have taken place," Hines told Kotaku.

Bethesda is currently suing Mojang over its use of Scrolls as a title for its latest project, which Bethesda believes infringes its Elder Scrolls trademark.

"This is a business matter based on how trademark law works and it will continue to be dealt with by lawyers who understand it, not by me or our developers."

Mojang founder and Minecraft creator Markus Persson, also know as Notch, has kept fans updated on the case via both his blog and Twitter, alleging that Mojang offered to change the title of its game.

"Whatever reason they have for suing us, it's not a fear of us having a trademark on the word 'Scrolls', as we've offered to give that up."

Mojang received a letter in August from Bethesda concerning the infringement, and last month it was confirmed the case would go to court.

"Nobody here enjoys being forced into this," said Hines. 

"Hopefully it will all be resolved soon."

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