Friday, February 24th 2017

Oculus Faces Potential Legal Injunction Over Zenimax VR Code Used in its Products

Earlier this month, Zenimax was awarded $500m when a jury found that VR pioneer Oculus had violated a NDA and illegally used code from the game publisher. That may just be the beginning of the legal ramifications facing Oculus however, as Zenimax has just asked the court to block Oculus from using the code involved in the court case altogether, potentially blocking the sale of a good number of games utilizing the technology of the Oculus VR headset.

Oculus is appealing the case, and calls the prior ruling "legally flawed and factually unwarranted." To their credit, the court did agree that while Oculus had violated a non-disclosure agreement, it did not find that they had committed the larger crime of stealing trade secrets.
If the Judge grants the injunction, Oculus must write new code for their SDK to replace the Zenimax sourced code and it could affect several products in the meantime, including the Oculus Rift and Samsung Gear VR, all of which use the Zenimax sourced code.

Considering the fragile state of the VR industry in general, bad press and removal of products from market (if only briefly) certainly won't help anything. It is quite possible Zenimax will seek a settlement and this is just a means to apply pressure to Facebook and Oculus rather than a serious attempt to shut down the technology.Source: BBC
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8 Comments on Oculus Faces Potential Legal Injunction Over Zenimax VR Code Used in its Products

#1
dwade
VR = dead before arrival. Forgotten after arrival.
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#2
R-T-B
dwade said:
VR = dead before arrival. Forgotten after arrival.
Heh, is that why this news took so long to get a reply? ;)
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blobster21
Oculus is appealing the case, and calls the prior ruling "legally flawed and factually unwarranted
Violating non-disclosure agreement = stealing trade secrets, both amounts to the same result in my book.

Ahh too bad, just when i finally agreed that those those VR things are a must have /jk :rolleyes:
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Athlon2K15
HyperVtX™
There are just too many issues with VR to make it viable. I think AR will be the future personally.
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#6
efikkan
Does anyone knows if Zenimax has presented evidence that Oculus released products containing their code? Because this should be a pretty straight forward thing; does Zenimax have evidence or not?

I still don't understand how this affects the sale of the headsets though; the Rift is a hardware device and Zenimax make games, now how does the Rift violate their copyrights?
Or is this just another example of an incompetent judge who doesn't understand that two products with "similar" features are not copyright violations?
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Ferrum Master
efikkan said:
Does anyone knows if Zenimax has presented evidence that Oculus released products containing their code? Because this should be a pretty straight forward thing; does Zenimax have evidence or not?

I still don't understand how this affects the sale of the headsets though; the Rift is a hardware device and Zenimax make games, now how does the Rift violate their copyrights?
Or is this just another example of an incompetent judge who doesn't understand that two products with "similar" features are not copyright violations?
If there is a court open... obviously....
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infrared
Well that was a fairly stupid mistake!

VR definitely isn't dead, lots of AAA titles coming up soon, Fallout 4 VR is what I'm excited about. :D
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