BIG BROTHER SOCIAL NETWORK Facebook has come out the worst in a $500m lawsuit over Oculus virtual reality (VR) shenanigans and thoughtcrimes.
Shit day for Mark Zuckerberg, maybe, but good times for Zenimax, a firm that sounds like it releases 80s action movies on VHS, but actually makes games. The company sued Facebook because it reckoned that the firm absorbed its misappropriated intellectual property when it purchased Oculus and got familiar with John Carmack and his brain.
"Carmack secretly and illegally copied thousands of documents containing ZeniMax's intellectual property from his computer at ZeniMax to a USB storage device which he wrongfully took with him to Oculus," it said at the time.
Oculus, which Facebook bought for four times as much cash as this case has cost it, is upset about the decision. The company lost, in part, because the due-for-a-name-change Palmer Luckey, was also found to have broken a non-disclosure agreement with Zenimax. The rest is down to the holy grail of modern technology business, which is copyrights and trademark infringement.
"We are pleased that the jury in our case in the US District Court in Dallas has awarded Zenimax $500m for defendants' unlawful infringement of our copyrights and trademarks," said Zenimax chief executive Robert Altman.
In a statement given to the INQUIRER, Oculus said it is "disappointed" but the ruling, but says it remains "undeterred" and will appeal against it.
"The heart of this case was about whether Oculus stole ZeniMax's trade secrets, and the jury found decisively in our favor. We're obviously disappointed by a few other aspects of today's verdict, but we are undeterred," a spokesperson for the company said.
"Oculus products are built with Oculus technology. Our commitment to the long-term success of VR remains the same, and the entire team will continue the work they've done since day one - developing VR technology that will transform the way people interact and communicate.
We look forward to filing our appeal and eventually putting this litigation behind us." µ
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