Copy protection company Uniloc has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Mojang, the development company behind popular block game Minecraft. Uniloc claims that the Android version of Minecraft infringes patent number 6,857,067 describing a "system and method for preventing unauthorized access to electronic data."
Uniloc is a serial litigator that has filed lawsuits against nearly 80 companies, including Microsoft, Adobe, and Sony. The company contends that its suite of copy protection patents broadly cover common practices for digital software licensing, protection, and activation.
Mojang founder Markus Persson, also known as Notch, briefly discussed the lawsuit on Twitter and vowed to fight against it. He also published the full text of Uniloc’s filing, which indicates that the company is seeking damages and ongoing royalties. The filing erroneously calls Mojang’s product "Mindcraft."
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