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Posted by Chuck Corbin on Jul 23, 2012

Notch And Mojang Being Sued For Patent Infringement

Saturday morning Minecraft creator “Notch” had a bit of an unexpected surprise waiting for him in his email. He found out that he was being sued by Uniloc for patent infringement because of the way that Mojang prevents unauthorized access to data on a device. It gets ridiculous, though, when you find out that the patent is essentially a farce.

Patent 6,857,067 was filed in 2005 for a “system and method for preventing unauthorized access to electronic data”. It doesn’t actually state a particular method or anything, but rather it’s talking about the general concept of preventing unauthorized access to electronic data. In other words, Mojang and Notch are dealing with patent squatters, companies that make all of their money by patenting ideas so vague and general that anybody could infringe on them without thinking about it, and then suing those “infringers” for millions of dollars.

Notch isn’t the only one being sued, either. Notices were given to other big name publishers like Square Enix, EA, and Laminar Research. And while Notch plans on fighting this frivolous lawsuit, other publishers will probably end up reaching a settlement out of court in order to get this annoying monkey off their backs. And really, that’s pretty sad that this company can get millions of dollars all for thinking up an idea that couldn’t have taken more than 10 minutes to come up with.

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