Friday January 20, 2017

Zenimax v Oculus Raging with Carmack

UploadVR has a bit wider coverage on the Zennimax v Oculus case going on in Federal Court here in Dallas. Carmack copped to taking the files in question but does not cop to "stealing" those files. I know if I walk out of the Stop-N-Rob down on the corner with a 40oz, the cops are not going to cut me a lot of slack just because I have not popped it open. Of course this is a civil case about damages, not a criminal trial. Still, it will be interesting to see what decisions are made based on the fact that he had the files in question in his possession.

According to Gizmodo, Carmack said, "I copied files that I shouldn’t have. I think stealing is an uncharitable way to look at it since I didn’t benefit and ZeniMax didn’t lose, but I shouldn’t have done it, and I did." Beth Wilkinson, Oculus’ lawyer, also said Carmack shouldn’t have copied the files, and that he turned everything in within a year of the litigation being filed.

This is what is at the crux of the matter.

Sammi’s questions focused on the allegations that Carmack used ZeniMax-owned computers to work on the Oculus Rift, took thousands of files and emails via USB drive upon leaving the company in 2013, played a role in soliciting five employees from id Software, and used "VR testbed" code to benefit the Oculus Rift. Carmack said he found a MacBook in his closet which contained code from id’s RAGE, and copied files and emails owned by ZeniMax.

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Of course, the fact that RAGE is involved somehow is enough for me to suggest they lock him up. It's been 5 years and I still want my money back.