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Zynga Plagiarism

Dee Yun Dee Yun: (contact-deleteme[at]-deleteme-direman [dot] com) 2012-09-21 08:02:38

Zynga Plagiarism

It's reasonably clear that Zynga borrows liberally from others. Numerous developers have accused them of stealing game concepts, but none of them have the army of litigators at EA's disposal.

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".

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