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EA Sues Zynga For Alleged Copyright Infringement

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Lucy Bradshaw GM of Maxis presents SimCity integrated into Facebook during the EA (Entertainment Arts) media briefing at the E3 2012 in Los Angeles on June 4, 2012. (Joe Klamar/AFP/GettyImages)

Lucy Bradshaw GM of Maxis presents SimCity integrated into Facebook during the EA (Entertainment Arts) media briefing at the E3 2012 in Los Angeles on June 4, 2012. (Joe Klamar/AFP/GettyImages)

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REDWOOD CITY (CBS/AP) — Electronic Arts says it has sued online game maker Zynga because its new game “The Ville” infringes its own game, “The Sims Social.”

Video game publisher Electronic Arts Inc. said Friday that “The Ville” is “unmistakable” in its similarity to “The Sims Social,” which launched more than a year earlier. Redwood City-based EA says the games are “largely indistinguishable” to a casual observer.

The games are both played on Facebook. Players create characters who live, work and interact with each other in virtual neighborhoods.

In response, San Francisco-based Zynga says that EA doesn’t understand copyright principles, and that it plans to defend its rights.

The lawsuit was filed Friday in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

 

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