A claim of theft of computer code unleashed against Facebook Inc. ended (pending appeal) last week in a Dallas federal courtroom when a jury awarded $500 Million to ZeniMax Media, Inc. The premise of the case traced back to Facebook’s acquisition of Oculus and their chief technology officer John Carmack, former ZeniMax video-game programmer. Under oath, Carmack testified that upon his departure from ZeniMax, he took with him emails containing VR computer code. ZeniMax claimed this as intellectual property, which included “key breakthroughs” in the development of software for their VR headset. During the trial, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg appeared in his first-ever courtroom testimony, which he offered not as a defendant but as an important statement challenging the validity of ZeniMax’s claim. An Oculus spokesperson has publicly announced the company’s intent to appeal.
Virtual Reality Headset Lawsuit equals bit hit for Facebook
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