EA and Zynga Quietly Resolve Copyright Dispute Out of Court

Terms of the settlement are confidential, so it’s unclear exactly how the two companies resolved their differences.
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Game On: Zynga Fires Back at EA With Rebuttal and Countersuit

The dueling lawsuits provide a behind-the-scenes look at the two companies’ intense competition.
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Lawsuit With Friends: EA Says Zynga Suit Is About Standing Up for the Whole Industry

Electronic Arts hit Zynga with another zinger: EA says that the copyright infringement lawsuit it filed against Zynga, which claims that The Ville is an “unmistakable copy” of The Sims Social, is not just about EA, but all the other companies that have felt ripped off by the social games giant. “A number of these things have happened before related to Zynga, but there’s never been a company that has the wherewithal and the resources to take it to the next level. We do,” EA COO Peter Moore told EuroGamer. Zynga plans a staunch defense.

Oracle to Court: Let’s Try SAP Again

Unhappy with a judge’s ruling that slashed a judgement from $1.3 billion to $272 million, Oracle says it wants a new copyright infringement trial against rival SAP.
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Brazilian Social Games Company Pays Zynga to Settle Copyright Issues

San Francisco-based Zynga, which is on track to go public next week, has settled a lawsuit against Vostu, a social-game maker in Brazil that Zynga accused of copyright infringement. In a joint statement, the two said: “As part of the settlement, Vostu made a monetary payment to Zynga and made some changes to four of its games.” Terms were not disclosed. Vostu claims to be the largest social game company in Brazil and is backed by Accel Partners, Tiger Technology Global Management, Intel Capital and General Catalyst Partners.

Latest Oracle Damage Claim Still Ridiculous, Google Says

Little progress being made in Larry versus Larry.
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Baidu Takes Authors' Fire

Baidu Inc. and its billionaire co-founder Robin Li are embroiled in a fresh spat over intellectual property, with authors charging that its document-sharing website is a platform for the unlicensed distribution of their works.

Gag Order Denied in Oracle, SAP Trial

Bad news for SAP, Hewlett-Packard, it’s new CEO Léo Apotheker and anyone else tarred and feathered in Oracle CEO Larry Ellison’s recent fusillade of anti-SAP broadsides. A federal judge has denied a request for a gag order in the increasingly contentious legal battle between Oracle and SAP.

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SAP Changes Its Strategy in Oracle Copyright Suit

SAP AG shifted strategies in a long-running legal battle against Oracle Corp., moving to head off what it called an attempt by Oracle to create a “media circus” around the role of a former SAP chief executive who has been named to run Hewlett-Packard Co. The German software company said it will no longer contest Oracle’s allegations that it contributed to acts of copyright infringement committed by a discontinued unit called TomorrowNow

Google Wins YouTube Copyright Suit; Viacom Promises Appeal

Google has won its long-running case against Viacom, which accused the search giant’s YouTube of massive copyright infringement. Viacom promises to appeal the federal court ruling, which says that the video site is indeed protected by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. It’s a really big deal.

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