EA Couldn't Make Sega 'Madden' Without Copying, Jury Told

Law360, San Francisco (July 19, 2013, 8:45 PM ET) -- Electronic Arts Inc. couldn't have produced a 1990 “Madden NFL” video game in time for Christmas without violating its contract with the game's original coder and copied his ideas, the coder's attorneys contended during closing arguments of their trial Friday, asking jurors to award the coder millions in royalties.

U.S. District Court Judge Charles Breyer told the jury that Robin Antonick, who wrote EA's first “Madden NFL” game for the Apple II, must show that the publisher copied the way Antonick's source code expressed the unusual...
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