EA Copied Early 'Madden NFL' Code in Later Games, Jury Told

Law360, San Francisco (July 15, 2013, 5:45 PM ET) -- Portions of the code for later games in Electronic Arts Inc.'s best-selling “Madden NFL” franchise resemble the original programmer's work, including a misspelling, suggesting EA improperly used the data, an expert witness testified for the prosecution Monday in the coder's contract trial seeking millions in royalties.  

Michael Barr, a former software-design professor for Johns Hopkins University, testified during the second week of the trial that he reverse-engineered code related to plaintiff Robin Antonick's 1988 “Madden NFL” game for the Apple II and found that later games, which...
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Antonick v. Electronic Arts, Inc.,


Case Number

3:11-cv-01543

Court

California Northern

Nature of Suit

Contract: Other

Judge

Charles R. Breyer

Date Filed

March 30, 2011

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