Facebook facing potential $2bn payout as Zuckerberg testifies in VR theft trial
Mark Zuckerberg has appeared in a Dallas court to testify in a case where his company is accused of stealing virtual reality technology. If found guilty, the social network could be facing a US$2 billion payout.
Facebook is being sued by ZeniMax Media, which claims Oculus – bought by Facebook in 2014 – copied its early innovations when it built its Rift VR headset.
John Carmack, a games designer who co-founded id Software, now owned by ZeniMax, worked for both Oculus and id Software for a period of time. He is now the chief technology officer of Oculus.
According to ZeniMax, Carmack shared intellectual property with Oculus while he was still with id, including highly confidential information and copyrighted code.
“Carmack secretly and illegally copied thousands of documents containing ZeniMax’s intellectual property from his computer at ZeniMax to a USB storage device which he wrongfully took with him to Oculus,” court papers say.
Zuckerberg took the stand on Tuesday, and, perhaps surprisingly, claimed to have no knowledge of the existence of ZeniMax.“Like most people in the court, I’ve never even heard of ZeniMax before,” said Zuckerberg. “I know that our legal team would look into this and examine but they aren’t going to take a lot of my time on something they don’t think is credible.”
He described his accusers as opportunists. “It’s pretty common when you announce a big deal that people just come out of the woodwork and claim they own some part of the deal,” he said.
zuckerberg stole the facebook idea originally so why not steal other stuff as well..who will notice?
“Zuckerberg took the stand on Tuesday, and, perhaps surprisingly, claimed to have no knowledge of the existence of ZeniMax.“Like most people in the court, I’ve never even heard of ZeniMax before,”
your nose is growing..but even 2 billion wont dent his fortune very much..