Facebook Slapped With $500 Million Fine For Copyright Infringement on Oculus

According to Premium Times, a U.S. jury in Texas

has slapped Facebook Inc, its virtual reality unit

Oculus, and other defendants with a combined $500

million fine as they lost their suit against ZeniMax

Media Inc, a video game publisher that says Oculus

stole its technology.

ZeniMax dragged the defendants to court on the

claim that video game designer John Carmack,

developed core parts of the Rift’s technology while

working at a ZeniMax subsidiary before Oculus used

a similar code.

The jury in Federal Court in Dallas found Oculus,

which Facebook acquired for about two billion

dollars in 2014, used ZeniMax’s computer code to

launch the Rift virtual-reality headset.

Though the jury ruled that none of the defendants

misappropriated ZeniMax’s trade secrets, it found

Oculus’ use of computer code directly infringed on

ZeniMax’s copyright.

The jurors held Carmack and different Oculus co-

founders Palmer Luckey and Brendan Iribe liable for

forms of infringement.

The jury also found Oculus liable for breaching a

non-disclosure agreement Luckey signed with

ZeniMax in 2012, when he began corresponding

about virtual reality with Carmack.

ZeniMax Chief Executive Robert Altman hailed the

verdict and said in a statement the company was

considering seeking an order blocking Oculus and

Facebook from using its code.

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