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Wednesday, August 8,2012

CourtVille: Why unclear laws put 'EA v. Zynga' up for grabs

EA said on Friday that it would sue Zynga over its recently announced game The Ville. “Zynga copied the original and distinctive expressive elements of The Sims Social in a clear violation of the U.S. copyright laws,” said Lucy Bradshaw, general manager of EA’s Maxis division, in a statement issued that day.

Zynga quickly responded, expressing an equally strong conviction that it was on the right side of the law. “It’s unfortunate that EA thought that this was an appropriate response to our game, and clearly demonstrates a lack of understanding of basic copyright principles,” said Zynga general counsel Reggie Davis in a statement.

Both game industry giants claim the legal high ground, but who actually has it? To hear some experts in gaming law tell it, nobody really knows. And if EA v. Zynga makes it all the way to court, the judgment that gets handed down could have a huge impact on the game industry.

Read more at Wired.

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