Notch is being sued over “Mindcraft” patent
Notch and the gang over at Mojang have found themselves the subject of yet another legal battle. This time they’re being sued by tech-patent collector Uniloc, which claims that the Android version of Mindcraft (no seriously) violates a patent it filed for a "System and method for preventing unauthorized access to electronic data.”
Uniloc says it is seeking royalties from the game’s release and amages consisting of any legal fees it will have to pay.
Upon hearing the news, Notch sent out the following tweet in response:
I just love it when the funniest Tweet of the day becomes a news story!
As much as I would expect Notch to smile, I wouldn’t expect him to settle this suit out of court either, as he said he will put as much money as he can into his defence, to prevent Uniloc from getting “a single dime.”
Well, looks we have another frivolous lawsuit on our hands. Oh well, with Notch at the center of it, I’m sure it’ll be very entertaining at least. I also recommend following Notch’s Twitter account for more legal fun.
But in all seriousness, I would like to say that I hope Mojang can settle this case ASAP and get back to making games.
Pfft. Uniloc should lose just for spelling the game’s name wrong.
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This lawsuit is dumb! Anyone can write a software like this!
Nope I am talking simply the truth, people who steal patents are thiefs no better than pirates.
.....Really now....this is just.....ugh
Sorry to say, but yogcast IS evil. Many modders WILL agree with Notch that Yogcast is full of botards.
By the way, it's probably one of the ONLY things the modders agree with.
"System and method for preventing unauthorized access to electronic data.”
As a (former) Minecraft modder, preventing unautorized access is the last thing they tried to achieve with Minecraft. The game (on any system) is great and all, but also as open as you can possibly get. Seriously, right now, at this very moment, they are trying to patch any security leaks they have, but data prevention is one of the things they are most definitely not aiming to fix at the moment.
I think people who sue over stupid reasons should be fined for wasting everyone's time.
Next time on Mojang Court: Minesweeper sues Minecraft!
Mindcraft? Seriously? Um... no.
Blatant money grab is blatant? Yeah, I think so. Perhaps our nation needs to change the way it handles things like intellectual property. Why don't we change a few more things while we are at it? In fact, why don't we just make me the all powerful authoritarian ruler of this land? I promise to be just and kind. All I ask is that you kneel. Try to have faith in our legal system. Sure, it seems a little backwards some times, but you only notice it when it fails. Most of the time the innocent are protected and justice is served.
Notch himself has answerd a fan wich couldnt afford to buy minecraft that he should download it for free and then he could buy it whenever he could afford it. So you sir are speaking bullhonky in this particular case.
Despite being long to read, did you put any thought into that reply?
Mindcraft... The best argument they had to make a quick buck was a spelling error... I doubt they're actually suing due to being offended as much as they want Mojang's money.
Exactly, which sucks. Notch may be completely loaded, but he shouldn't have to pay anything for something like this. Assuming he is innocent.
Actually I think Notch should Lose as for Microsoft and others who steal patents no matter who's idea it was it belongs to the person who thought of it first-
If you had a great idea and I took it from you and made millions of dollars and gave you nothing for your own idea you wouldn't be saying what you said.
It's typical because this is how I see things, Game companies, Music companies, Console companies all say the same crap, Don't steal, Don't pirate, Don't tamper with our systems or you'll be in trouble, Though when they do the same crap, it's okay for them and just as that comment above says in his tweet shows you how greedy people survive off others idea's. but when it happens to them its omg you better not and expected the same from others as they are getting from them.
It's so sad how badly outdated the patent system is. What's worse is all these companies exploiting the patent system but then still having the nerve to complain when someone sues them. Large companies go around setting up legal wars through small third party companies so they can hide their identities too. It's all rather pathetic and it should be very illegal. I guess the worst problem is allowing these vague patents to exist. I mean I should go patent a "circular device for kinetic transfer" and get rich. I could make billions trolling huge companies for violating my patent on the wheel, and how dare they implement that technology only a mere centuries before I get the patent.