Mini-golf company threatens to sue Mojang after recreations of their courses appear in Minecraft

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By on July 11, 2013 at 8:48 am

Once again another company has fundamentally misunderstood the nature of “user-generated content”. Putt-Putt, a mini-golf company (who are very famous, according to their letter) are threatening to take Mojang to court over Google search results which show people have used Minecraft to recreate some of their “iconic” mini-golf courses.

Putt-Putt, apparently confusing “Minecraft players” with “Mojang”, insist in their letter that “Mojang AB has been using, without authorization, our famous Putt-Putt trademarks in connection with their business”, and worry that people might get confused that there is some commercial relationship between Minecraft and Putt-Putt mini-golf.

Naturally the first thing Mojang did was to publish the cease-and-desist letter online and roundly make fun of it, so we’re jumping on that bandwagon as well. Take a read of it here and join us in laughter.

Putt-Putt have not commented again on the issue, and chances are they will probably just walk quietly away. But let’s hope they don’t, because frivolous lawsuits are the best kind of lawsuits.

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that’s like suing crayola for children’s pictures of bugs bunny.

 

What a crock of sh*t imo. I recreate building because i’m a fan of the architecture and want to do my bit in recreating (without the degree) amazing cities and building.

This really ruffles up my Jimmy Feathers.

Honestly they must be really bored, High society snobs or going broke.

 

Lol, Idiotic. What they SHOULD be doing is encouraging it, free advertisinf for their putt putt courses.

 

Haha this is great. It’s funny (and at the same time disturbing) to see people so out of touch with the way of the times and technologies.

 

it should go to court and then the judge says “why wouldn’t you want your family friendly business to be associated with minecraft” and the putt putt CEO semi-facepalms and laughs out “what was I thinking” and then Mr Whippy runs in and shouts “ice-creams for e’rybody” and then the laugh-track kicks in and the credits roll

 
 

Wow, seen so many pictures of Sonic, Mario and ponies in the game, this Mojang company must be plagiarizing everbody. Quick, somebody tell SEGA, Nintendo and Hasbro so they can sue Mojang into oblivion! :O

 

I see what you did there vcatkiller, that subtle reference to Bethesda…

Maybe they should have served the C&D on a scroll :D

 

I am kind of sick of Minecraft just being ripoff central though. Can’t anyone make their own stuff up?

He is profiting off making a program for people to do this shit so surely there is a grey area.

 

cyrinno,

The program also offers many other avenues, some people just use it to recreate stuff they like. Why doesn’t wendys sue a variety of lolly chains because they can be used to recreate some of the ‘novelty’ cones they put together.

It’s free advertising, as mentioned, and seems more like a case of the lawyers/people involved knowing almost nothing about the program and jumping to conclusions after a quick buck, otherwise I imagine they would have looked into it a bit more.

 

cyrinno:
I am kind of sick of Minecraft just being ripoff central though. Can’t anyone make their own stuff up?

He is profiting off making a program for people to do this shit so surely there is a grey area.

That would be like suing Lego because ppl made recreation of many things IRL with it.

 

Yeah but 90% of the news about Minecraft is the latest thing thats been recreated. I’m just saying it doesn’t help. I’m not saying anyone is in the right or not.

 

cyrinno:
Yeah but 90% of the news about Minecraft is the latest thing thats been recreated. I’m just saying it doesn’t help. I’m not saying anyone is in the right or not.

Were 90% of your statistics made up too?

There is no “grey area”.

Loads of people print stuff on their printer that someone else did, canon aren’t to blame.

 

cyrinno:
I am kind of sick of Minecraft just being ripoff central though. Can’t anyone make their own stuff up?

He is profiting off making a program for people to do this shit so surely there is a grey area.

Look’s like puttputt aren’t the only ones incapable of understanding simple freedoms for works of non-profit.

If it were even possible, the avalanche of avenues for suing would cripple society. Outside of the game industry it would be like suing a table/glue/paint/plastic manufacturer because I constructed a miniature copy of a character from a film or animation for my children on a table with glue and plastic then painted it.

There is absolutely no grey area.

EDIT: Why stop at Mojang? lets sue Microsoft, Apple and Linus because they paved the foundations for Minecrarft to run in the first place… Wait, lets go even further and get Intel/AMD/IBM..

That’s purely ludicrous and it’s what you sound like.

 

You know I could be wrong here but I’m pretty sure cyrinno isn’t saying Mojang should be sued. He’s pointing out that there doesn’t seem to be super amounts of content out there that aren’t a reproduction of something else. It’s probably more the point that a lot of those reproductions end up getting reported more than the purely created content that isn’t based on anything else.

Yes it’s impressive when you jump on a server and see all those reproductions of random Nintendo characters. Those reproductions to make Minecraft look like Middle Earth or Legend of Zelda: Link to the Past are pretty cool too. What would be even more awesome, though, is somebody coming up with completely unique ideas that haven’t been seen before.

 

Yeah I’m not saying sue Mojang, I’m just saying it seems so much of the content on Minecraft is reproductions.

 

cyrinno:
Yeah I’m not saying sue Mojang, I’m just saying it seems so much of the content on Minecraft is reproductions.

Look around more… recreations get a lot of news space because ‘hey, wow, that looks just like that thing!’. But any time spent watching Minecraft vids on youtube (something I’ve done for many hours), you’ll find way more original and cool things that just burst straight from people’s brains.

 

cyrinno:
He is profiting off making a program for people to do this…

I think you mean ‘they’. Mojang is a company that has more than one employee.

 

He is the only shareholder isn’t he?

Anyway it would seem to more likely have to be brought up with a server operator then Mojang himself, whats he going to do.

 
NoobyMcNoobnoob

anything to make a quick buck

 
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