EA Sued for Copyright Infringement

EA Sued for Copyright Infringement

EA is facing civil action for copyright violation after it was accused of using the official team anthem of the University of Nevada Las Vegas in 10 of its videogames. The song’s composer, Gerald Willis, now wants EA to pay $1,500,000.

Mr Willis of Reno, Nevada, had registered the UNLV anthem ‘Win with the Rebels’ under copyright back in 1990. The composer claims the song can be heard in 10 EA-published games, and is seeking $150,000 for each violation.

The games in question are NCAA Football (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009), NCAA Basketball 2009, NCAA March Madness (2006, 2007, 2008) and NCAA Baseball 2006 and 2007. Mr Willis, who works as a high school music teacher, claims his anthem can be heard in all these games.

Mr Willis’ lawyer, Ellen Winograd, said of the lawsuit: "The US copyright law allows for enforcement of copyright, and we trust the judge to determine what would be appropriate in a situation like this. I think the UNLV band sounds great when they play it, and that’s what it was written for. It was not written for commercial use."

UNLV is not named in the lawsuit. The university holds a limited license to use the song.

Source: Las Vegas Review Journal.