EA Beats $3.6M Madden Copyright Verdict

Law360, New York (January 23, 2014, 3:15 PM EST) -- A California federal judge on Wednesday wiped out a $3.6 million copyright infringement verdict against Electronic Arts Inc. over its best-selling “Madden NFL” franchise, ruling that a jury incorrectly decided that the video game giant illegally copied early versions of the game.

U.S. District Court Judge Charles Breyer ruled that attorneys for former programmer Robin Antonick didn't present the jury with sufficient evidence to support its July verdict that EA's first seven editions of the football video game were “virtually identical” to a game Antonick created....
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