Posted by David Partin on Jul 22, 2012

Notch’s Minecraft Copyright Infringement?

Another day, another company suing Mojang…. or at least that is what it seems like at the moment. It looks like the Texas based software studio Uniloc is suing Mojang Studios for infringing their patent #9,857,067.

While hard to understand, you can check out the patents description for yourself:

“A System and method for preventing unauthorized access to electronic data. Portable licensing medium is configured to communicate with the electronic device for storing license data. The license data is used to determine whether to allow access to the electronic data. A registration authority communicates with the electronic device. The registration authority has a database of verification data for verifying the license data stored on the licensing medium and provides updated license data to the licensing medium.”

It basically means they wanted to create a software that decides if your allowed to access data based on the license data, while also verifying if you purchased the product the data is used for or not. As you may have guessed, this is not Minecraft.

Notch has since responded with his own wise words:

 ”Unfortunately for them, they’re suing us over a software patent. If needed, I will throw piles of money at making sure they don’t get a cent.” …Software patents are plain evil. Innovation within software is basically free, and it’s growing incredibly rapid. Patents only slow it down.”

For everyone who loves a good silly fight that the company who is suing won’t win, keep an eye on this!

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  • Decoy

    They won their lawsuit with Microsoft and Notch’s own statement that he finds them a hindrance is no excuse to neglect to inform Uniloc that they are due royalties based on their legally obtained patent.