EA found guilty of recycling code from 1988 Madden title

By David Tom · 11 replies
Jul 24, 2013
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  1. Madden NFL is perhaps the most recognizable title in Electronic Arts’ long list of sports games. The football simulator officially debuted in 1988 for the Apple II series of computers, and quickly gained recognition for its ties to Hall of...

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  2. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,670   +1,957

    That's just so madden...

    This is it, I just need to find somebody, sue the hell out of them for something and retire, happy days...
  3. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,890   +1,224

    I'd say this is EA's fault for letting this happen... if they used his work without paying him then they should have to pay up. But this guy must not have been an employee of EA, or else there wouldn't be a case. Any company is allowed to use the work of their own employees.

    And why didn't EA just rewrite the stuff to avoid this? I doubt Antonick was the only guy who could come up with football plays.
  4. Wagan8r

    Wagan8r TS Evangelist Posts: 603   +64

    Uh, how could EA have "stolen" his code when they own the franchise?
  5. Seventh Reign

    Seventh Reign TS Booster Posts: 131   +65

    I'm confused. Are they being sued because they used the same play formations? Because that would be beyond *****ic ...
  6. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,274

    Maybe you could try suing me and just maybe court will be so overwhelmed by my abject poverty that they'll give me money plus a bit extra to pay you then we both can retire.
    misor likes this.
  7. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,515   +974

    Lol EA....
  8. Sean Mann

    Sean Mann TS Rookie

    Er this is weird... Something is missing. This guy was working for EA at the time? How does he have the right to sue his ex-employer for content he created while working for them? It looks like he held a personal copyright on the game which is really dumb for EA. If they knew he had a personal copyright on the game then why not just pay him royalties?
    Instead let's further fuel the litigation industry... Next dev job I have I'm going to make sure to stamp a personal copyright on it and then sue my ex-employer...
    I wouldn't be overly surprised if EA can get this overturned.
  9. It does state in the above picture that he is the copyright owner. So apparently he does have a case if they used it...
    avoidz likes this.
  10. Robin's suit is based on the fact that Electronic Arts used portions of the code from his work on the MS-DOS version of the game in later titles - when they didn't have the license or rights to do so.
  11. I guess Bill had it right all along; EA late fail IMHO nevertheless...
  12. He had the right to do what he did, but he shouldn't have waited so long. But then again, if he complained sooner; its possible he wouldn't have ended up with anything..:p From the courts perspective though, all EA did was market and sell the game + collect revenue... while Mr. Antonick owns full copyright...So, he won the case.. I personally feel 11m isn't so bad to purchase a series such as Madden....which makes a fortune... hell, I can't say I blame Antonick at all for doing what he did... It was EA's fault entirely that more research wasn't done on the full copyright of their own titles...it like..lol.. come on. Being the fact that he waited so long to take action, is probably the only reason he wasn't awarded more; But like I said above, it could also have been less...

    Good for him either way... its not like EA couldn't crap a few dollars anyways... :D

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