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posted by martyb on Sunday July 01 2018, @09:14AM   Printer-friendly
from the I-wish-I-had-"only"-$250M dept.

Oculus will pay ZeniMax $250 million for copyright infringement

Bethesda Softworks parent company ZeniMax Media has always been a little sue-happy. But maybe a recent decision from its case against Oculus (and by extension, Facebook) will cool its jets a bit. A jury recently decided that Zuckerberg and Co. will only pay $250 million of the initial $500 million claim from ZeniMax that when John Carmack left Bethesda-owned id Software for Oculus, he stole his former employer's intellectual property, according to Bloomberg.

Judge Ed Kinkeade ruled that Oculus would have to pay out $200 million for breach of contract and then and additional $50 million for copyright infringement. Additionally, Kinkeade declined ZeniMax's demand that sales of Oculus headsets be banned.

Previously: Facebook/Oculus Ordered to pay $500 Million to ZeniMax

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Mark Zuckerberg's first courtroom testimony hasn't gone over so well. A jury has awarded ZeniMax Media Inc. $500 million in damages in the Oculus Rift case:

The virtual reality headset maker that Facebook Inc. bought in 2014 for $2 billion used stolen technology, a jury said in awarding $500 million damages to ZeniMax Media Inc.

Jurors in Dallas federal court on Wednesday sided with ZeniMax in its trade-secrets case over the Oculus Rift, the device that has put the social media giant at the forefront of the virtual reality boom. The verdict is a rebuke of Facebook Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg, who isn't a defendant but who told jurors in his first-ever courtroom testimony that it was important for him to be there because the claims by ZeniMax Media Inc. were "false."

The case is ZeniMax Media Inc. v. Oculus VR Inc., 3:14-cv-01849, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas (Dallas). Not to be confused with the Eastern District of Texas. From a 2013 article in Dallas News:

Judges in the Northern District, which includes Dallas and Fort Worth, saw an 18 percent increase in patent cases filed. And legal experts expect that number will significantly increase in 2013 now that three judges in Dallas have committed to focusing more of their time and expertise on intellectual property disputes.

Also at The Verge.

Facebook to Buy Rift Maker Oculus VR for $2bn
Mark Zuckerberg Will Testify in Oculus VR Trade Secrets Trial

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  • (Score: 2, Insightful) by anubi on Sunday July 01 2018, @09:55AM

    by anubi (2828) on Sunday July 01 2018, @09:55AM (#700919) Journal

    The lawyers got paid. The buyers of any Oculus products will ultimately foot the bill for this.

    "Prove all things; hold fast that which is good." [KJV: I Thessalonians 5:21]
  • (Score: 2) by frojack on Sunday July 01 2018, @06:32PM

    by frojack (1554) Subscriber Badge on Sunday July 01 2018, @06:32PM (#701016) Journal

    Additionally, Kinkeade declined ZeniMax's demand that sales of Oculus headsets be banned.

    Does that mean continued revenue flow for to ZeniMax for continued violations or does the judge think that the 50 million for copyright infringement makes continued future infringement ok?

    No, you are mistaken. I've always had this sig.