Oculus penalties halved in dispute with ZeniMax

Oculus penalties halved in dispute with ZeniMax

Oculus penalties halved in dispute with ZeniMax

In February 2017, a US jury in Dallas ordered Facebook, Oculus and other defendants to pay a combined $500 million to ZeniMax, after finding that Oculus used ZeniMax's computer code to launch the Rift virtual-reality headset.

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This week, US District Judge Ed Kinkeade denied the ZeniMax's request, ensuring Oculus and Facebook can continue to develop and distribute Rifts. In a blow to the video game publisher, Kinkeade also halved the amount of money Facebook owed Zenimax in damages, ruling the company should only have to pay $250 million. At last year's hearing, a ZeniMax lawyer argued "a permanent injunction is the only way to stop" Oculus continuing to infringe upon copyrights. The judge agreed with Oculus that a sales ban would "place an unfair hardship". The company claimed Carmack and Oculus founder Palmer Luckey stole trade secrets and used them to create the Rift headset. Luckey and Iribe can let out a sigh of relief, though, because Kinkeade threw the $250 million in damages out the window.

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People line up at the Oculus booth at the E3 Electronic Expo in Los Angeles, California, U.S. June 14, 2016. Bloomberg reported that Facebook VP and deputy counsel Paul Grewal indicated that the company would be "appealing the remaining claims". "Based on a strong evidentiary record, the jury in this case found that ZeniMax was seriously harmed by the defendants' theft of ZeniMax's breakthrough VR technology and its verdict reflected that harm", it said in a statement. The company said just seven lines of computer code in Oculus software were copied literal ly from ZeniMax "out of approximately 42 billion lines" introduced as evidence at trial.

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KitGuru Says: The ZeniMax VS Oculus case is still ongoing, but it looks like the chips are starting to fall in Facebook's favour.

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