EA Owes 'Madden NFL' Coder $3.6M In Royalties, Jury Finds

Law360, San Francisco (July 23, 2013, 8:03 PM EDT) -- Electronic Arts Inc. copied the original "Madden NFL" programmer's source code for football plays and field formations in seven subsequent games in the multimillion-dollar franchise, a California federal jury found Tuesday, awarding the coder $3.6 million in overdue royalties in his contract suit.

After two and a half days of deliberation, the nine-member jury unanimously found that Electronic Arts borrowed the way Robin Antonick's code expressed those plays and formations, but not his unusual 80-yard field width, in its "Madden NFL" games released for the Sega Genesis from 1990 through 1996. In addition, the jury found that the Sega games were...

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