EA Targets IP In 'Madden' Royalty Row After Contract Defeat

Law360, San Francisco (January 30, 2013, 10:31 PM EST) -- A California federal judge on Monday shot down Electronic Arts Inc.'s claims that the company doesn't owe the original “Madden NFL” video game's programmer royalties on later versions of the multibillion-dollar franchise, prompting EA to attack the programmer's copyright claims Tuesday.

U.S. District Court Judge Charles Breyer rejected EA's argument that “Madden NFL” programmer Robin Antonick is barred from recovering royalties, and agreed with Antonick's argument that his claim that he should be paid royalties for games EA produced for the Super Nintendo and TurboGrafx warrants...
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