It may not be surprising, but it's incredibly silly. Mojang hasn't used their trademark at all.
This isn't really surprising. If a company doesn't attempt to challenge stuff like this, they can lose their trademark due to generalizing.
This is like suing Microsoft if I use Visual Studio to create a copycat game, or Adobe if I use Photoshop to recreate a trademark symbol.
They should be glad that people still remember what the fuck putt putt is because there sure as hell aren't a lot of mini golf courses scattered around unless you are in a touristy place.
Have to agree. How damn stupid can they be? That's all user created content. Mojang has no control over what some fan creates using their game and no control over what they name a video they put up on youtube either.
I've never seen a legal threat with a better setup and punchline than that one. That third page is hilarious.
Let the fun begin!
Talk about stupid as hell.
If someone (say Warner Brothers and 5th Cell) put a game (say Scribblenauts) on Steam, and a fan makes an item called "putt putt club" or "Super Mario", maybe that violates some sort of trademark since the item was created without permission.
But who is responsible then? Are companies who provide content creation tools responsible for policing it? Is it only the case if they host the items, like Scribblenauts? If that's true, then in this case it seems like a parallel to someone using Photoshop to make a picture using the Putt Putt logo, putting that picture in a YouTube video, and then a legal complaint being sent to Adobe about it.
I played a Putt-Putt game that took place in space a lot when I was 4 or something like that.
Also, Don Mattrick?!
Also, I've always called miniature golf Putt-Putt -- never even knew where the name originated from.