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Dee Yun: (contact-deleteme[at]-deleteme-direman [dot] com) 2012-09-21 08:02:38
The core of Zynga's defense argument runs like this: "Certain modes of expression are customary and necessary to express the genre, such as sitting on a couch watching TV, taking a shower, and going to sleep in a bed. Such modes of expression, known as 'scenes a faire,' are not protectable. Allowing one company to own them would thwart competition, innovation, and creativity."
As a matter of the letter of the law, we'll have to wait and see if that holds up in court. As a matter of the spirit of the law, the appeals to "innovation" and "creativity" are the equivalent of "looking for the real killers".
To celebrate the weekend, I share with you my pain:
And for Vargas: