ZeniMax Lawsuit 'Transparent' Facebook Cash In Says Oculus

VRFocus - It's been just over a month now since ZeniMax Media revealed that it was suing Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) headset creator Oculus VR for allegedly using its code and technology without permission. ZeniMax Media, which owns The Elder Scrolls developer Bethesda, claimed that Oculus VR's cheif technology officer (CTO) John Carmack took ZeniMax Media-owned code when he moved from Doom developer id Software to his current position. Now Oculus VR has filed a response to that suit, defending itself against these claims.

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Activemessiah2590d ago (Edited 2590d ago )

When Zenimax say Oculus took "ZeniMax Media-owned code" they are in fact talking about Carmack himself... the man is a walking coder and are jealous to see him working elsewhere, they feel like they owned him when they bought ID.

I sincerely hope Zenimax loses this... they're acting like a petulant child.

lashes2ashes2589d ago

If he was on contract and wrote a piece of code for them that was then used for oculus then they have every right to sue. Now if he was not working for them at the time he wrote whatever the piece of code was then they have no legal standing.

Activemessiah2589d ago

I don't think he needed to do anything to convince them when applying, I'm pretty sure all heeds to say is "Hi, I'm Carmack... I'd like to join your team" but to use a code already written before joining Oculus doesn't make Zenimax the owner, there is such a thing as coming into a new team prepared and live up to your legendary status.

aliengmr2589d ago

Here's the problem though, Carmack didn't design the Rift and knew full well this was going to happen.

Zenimax is fishing. Hoping that they have a case. Carmack's close relationship with OVR was enough to get the ball rolling, now they are going to try and find something or hope Facebook settles. All Carmack had to do was not help with its development.

Besides, Zenimax was completely against VR anyway.

lashes2ashes2589d ago

If carmack was working for them then all code that was written by him on company time with company resources are owned by zenimax its simple. If he then took that code and gave it to oculus when he went to work for them its theft plain and simple.

Anonagrog2589d ago (Edited 2589d ago )

As correct as you may be I think Carmack will be well aware of the legal boundaries here, especially with his strong advocacy of open source and his opposition to patenting.

There's the whole 'Carmack's Reverse' stencil shadow volume technique patent issue from a decade back, and the unique stance of idSoftware to release their previous engine under GPL with every new engine iteration, so Carmack is clearly clued up on such matters. I can't see him allowing himself to be tripped up so easily here.

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