The Author Of Minecraft Claims That The Game’s Ending Is Free For Anybody: If you have ever attempted to beat Minecraft, you are aware that if you defeat the Ender Dragon in the End dimension, the game rewards you with a recitation of a poem once you have achieved the goal.
The majority of Minecraft enthusiasts are aware of what awaits them prior to the roll of the credits, which is referred to as “The End Poem.” However, are you aware of who the owner of the copyright is? Also, the company that developed Minecraft, Mojang, does not own it, nor does Microsoft, which is Minecraft’s parent business.
The Author Of Minecraft Claims That The Game’s Ending Is Free For Anybody
Permit me to offer some insight into that particular facet. Julian Gough, an Irish writer, is the author of the poem titled “The End Poem.” Gough shared the history of The End Poem and its journey over the course of the previous decade in a recent post on his blog. The post began with Minecraft creator Notch’s tweet, in which he asked for a writer to compose “a silly over-the-top out-of-nowhere text for when you win Minecraft.” Gough responded to Notch’s tweet by writing “a silly over-the-top out-of-nowhere text for when you win Minecraft.”
When Gough finally had the chance, he took advantage of it by writing the poem that would later become famous. However, when he was asked to sign a contract to hand away the rights to The End poetry to Mojang, he declined to do so following unsuccessful negotiations with Mojang’s former Chief Executive Officer Carl Manneh.
After then, the author was given a second opportunity to sign the contract in advance of Microsoft’s takeover of Mojang. However, Gough continued to refuse. And ever since it was written and added to the game, neither Mojang nor Microsoft have ever controlled the rights to one of the most important components of the game that has sold more copies than any other title in the history of gaming.
So, in the end (no pun intended), what happened to Gough’s ownership of The End poem? Gough disclosed in the same article that he had “liberated” The End Poem by releasing it into the public domain and therefore giving up his rights to the copyright for the poem.
Because of this, anyone who comes into possession of the End Poem and its contents is free to do whatever they like with them because, as Gough put it, “It’s a gift from the cosmos.”