EA, the publisher behind many of the world’s most popular video games, has made headlines for adopting a “patent pledge”—a pledge to share its patents with third parties if the company is faced with litigation. The pledge has drawn criticism from some in the gaming community, who believe that the move is a cynical attempt by EA to increase its patent portfolio without investing much in the actual technology itself.
Electronic Arts’ Michael Leach has been a good guy for a good long while. In an effort to help developers, he has been offering a patent pledge to those who sign it to help protect their own intellectual property from being stolen. In a post from EA’s Colin Smith on Legal Weekends, the company’s Chief Operating Officer made it clear what the company is willing to offer those that agree to the pledge.
Electronic Arts, the world’s leading interactive entertainment company, is making a bold commitment to sharing its patents with the open source community as a first step toward ensuring that everyone has an equal opportunity to play its games. In a new collaboration with the Software In The Public Interest (SPI), EA has pledged to make all of its patented technology available for free under a perpetual license to protect the rights of others, including those who want to develop their own games or services that use EA’s patented technology.
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