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Judge halves Facebook’s Zenimax payout to $250m in Oculus dispute

Judge halves Facebook’s Zenimax payout to $250m in Oculus dispute

A US Judge has rejected Zenimax’ request to ban sales of Oculus headsets.

Bloomberg reported that US District Judge Ed Kinkeade has updated the ruling between Zenimax Media Inc and Facebook regarding stolen code. The social media giant will now pay $250 million to the publisher, half the $500 million initially granted in the case.

The $500 million sum was reduced after Oculus argued the copyright infringement wasn't "substantial" enough to warrant that amount. Of the “approximately 42 billion lines” of code at Oculus, only seven were claimed to have been directly stolen from Zenimax.

Kinkeade upheld the jury’s decision to award $200 million for breach of contract in February 2017, plus $50 for copyright infringement.

The additional $250 million award was wiped, including damages against Oculus co-founders Brendan Iribe and Palmer Luckey.

Our sister-site PocketGamer.biz has the full story.


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