Zenimax recently won $500 million in a court settlement against VR company Oculus. The parent company of Fallout developer Bethesda accused Oculus, which is owned by Facebook everyone’s third favourite social media, of stealing VR-related code. Zenimax don’t believe that $500 million is enough of a deterrent for Oculus to ‘cease infringing’ and want all products that use the stolen code to be removed from sale. Failing that they want a share of “revenues derived from products incorporating its intellectual properties.” 20 percent for at least 10 years to be precise.
Oculus had this to say “Zenimax’s motion does not change the fact that the [original] verdict was legally flawed and factually unwarranted.
“We look forward to filing our own motion to set aside the jury’s verdict and, if necessary, filing an appeal that will allow us to put this litigation behind us.”
The original court case wrapped up at the beginning of February and included testimonies from high profile individuals such as Mark Zuckerburg and Oculus’ chief technology officer John Cormack. Cormack wasn’t a big fan of the verdict and stated that he wanted to shout “You lie!”
The revered game programmer found himself at the center of the case from the start. Before his current position at Oculus, he worked for ZeniMax from 2009, when the corporation acquired his studio Id Software for $405 million. In November 2013, he resigned to join Oculus full-time.
But for several months before his departure from Zenimax, Carmack was effectively working for both companies. A year prior to this, he was also helping build a virtual reality version of Doom 3 for Oculus VR.
ZeniMax alleged Carmack “copied thousands of documents from a computer at ZeniMax to a USB storage device.”
“He never returned those files or all copies of them after his employment with ZeniMax was terminated,” stated the original lawsuit.
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