Putt-Putt presses Mojang's Minecraft and Microsoft's Mattrick

By Luke Caulfield , Updated Jul 10, 2013 04:30 PM EDT
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When a company has a meteoric rise to the top, it's bound to make enemies, often powerful enemies. Other times, not so powerful enemies. Case in point with developer Mojang, and the company's owner, Markus "Notch" Persson, the designer behind the company and one of the most popular games to date, Minecraft. Notch received a cease and desist letter from none other than Putt-Putt mini golf, over the matter of trademark infringement over player created levels made within the Minecraft world, featuring Putt-Putt's mini golf courses. Yes, it's that ridiculous.

Thinking it equally absurd, Notch posted the letter on his Twitter account, which reads, "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...We feel that Mojang AB's use of of the Putt-Putt name has benefited Mojang AB to the detriment of Putt-Putt." Basically, it's akin to someone going after Sony over user created levels in LittleBigPlanet that happen to be chock full of penis.

I've heard of, and played Minecraft for years now, but I never heard of Putt-Putt. If anything is causing them detriment, it would be their own cease and desist letters.

Former Microsoft exec Don Mattrick was sent a similar letter, as the company has its own version of Minecraft for the Xbox 360, but as he's headed for Zynga, I doubt we'll be hearing anything from Mattrick on the matter.

According to the letter, Notch and company have 15 days from the time the letter was sent to respond in writing, which just so happens to be today. Otherwise, Putt-Putt reservers the right "to refer this matter to our legal counsel in order to prevent your company from any further use of our federally registered and well-known Putt-Putt® trademarks and to seek damages of a reasonable royalty for Mojang AB's past infringing use."

Perhaps next they'll be hearing from Tim Burton about that epic Beetlejuice roller coaster. 

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