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Putt-Putt threatens legal action against Mojang

Putt-Putt threatens legal action against Mojang

Mojang is not responsible for the hosting of the video content or even the servers that the videos in question have come from.

Mini-golf company Putt-Putt is threatening to take Minecraft developer Mojang to court for user-generated levels that infringe upon the company's name.

The cease and desist letter received by Mojang was shared over Twitter by Markus 'Notch' Persson. As proof of the infringement, the letter included a screen capture of a Google search result page of the keyword "putt putt craft" which returns several Youtube videos of user generated Minecraft levels featuring the name.

Although Putt-Putt has not demanded any money in its letter, it does threaten to pursue damages if Mojang does not agree to stop using the mini-golf company's trademarks. The deadline for a response is dated at July 10 in the letter.

'"We feel that Mojang AB's use of the Putt-Putt name has benefited Mojang AB to the detriment of Putt-Putt,' reads the letter, referring to the list of Youtube videos as proof of the infringement.

Talking to Eurogamer, Mojang's lawyer Alex Chapman of law firm Sheridans highlighted the absurdity of the demand and described the threat as 'like suing Microsoft for what people do using Word'.

The law around copyright surrounding user generated content is still somewhat developing. The general rule in some territories is that the host of the content in question is generally immune unless it makes a promise to take down content which it subsequently breaks.

In Mojang's case, the company is not the host of this content as the offending videos are on Youtube and even the Minecraft servers that were used to create them would not have been hosted by Mojang itself.

Putt-Putt might have more luck in taking its complaint to Youtube directly. In March, Nintendo successfully claimed ad revenue generated by Youtube users uploading Lets Play videos of its titles.

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MrJay 11th July 2013, 09:13 Quote
This is pathetic...

You would at least research the validity of your claim before you start throwing your weight around.
Maki role 11th July 2013, 09:17 Quote
Something's telling me Putt Putt just wanted the exposure. There's no monetary incentive here from a winners perspective, this is clearly some sort of publicity stunt. Well it certainly seems to have worked, as now people are paying attention.
B1GBUD 11th July 2013, 09:20 Quote
I'd tell them to P*ss P*ss off.....
Meanmotion 11th July 2013, 09:30 Quote
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Originally Posted by B1GBUD
I'd tell them to P*ss P*ss off.....

:D ;)
magnetobob 11th July 2013, 17:07 Quote
This is joke its worst than patent trolling really as there little to no legislation or laws being broken I guess your right and its just an attempt at publicy
SimonStern 11th July 2013, 17:58 Quote
Putt Putt is ashamed

http://nimbusgames.com/puttputt/putt-putt.png

He just has trouble showing it...
Corky42 11th July 2013, 19:53 Quote
I wounder if this was another of those dumb automated copyright infringement detectors at work.
AmEv 12th July 2013, 01:33 Quote
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Originally Posted by Corky42
I wounder if this was another of those dumb automated copyright infringement detectors at work.

Let's play the game of "Bot vs Person!"
runadumb 12th July 2013, 09:23 Quote
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Originally Posted by AmEv
Quote:
Originally Posted by Corky42
I wounder if this was another of those dumb automated copyright infringement detectors at work.

Let's play the game of "Bot vs Person!"

I'm no good at those games. I normally look like a bot :'(
Griffter 12th July 2013, 12:25 Quote
like suing Microsoft for what people do using Word .. lol

-word dawgg!
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