ZeniMax has filed an injunction, calling for all Oculus products that infringed code be pulled from shelves immediately.
This proposal comes following the $500 million lawsuit that ZeniMax won against Oculus/facebook early this month. It seems as though ZeniMax doesn’t think the half a billion lawsuit was a large enough consequence for Oculus violating copyrights.
As reported by Upload VR, the injunction calls for Oculus to be:
“permanently enjoined, on a worldwide basis, from using…any of the Copyrighted Materials, including but not limited to (i) system software for Oculus PC (including the Oculus PC SDK); (ii) system software for Oculus Mobile (including the Oculus Mobile SDK); (iii) Oculus integration with the Epic Games Unreal Engine; and (iv) Oculus integration with the Unity Technologies Unity Game Engine.”
Facebook commented on the demands by calling them “legally flawed and factually unwarranted”. As for the money, Facebook stated they’re still planning to appeal the court’s ruling in favor of ZeniMax.
Since it was also ruled by the same jury that Oculus did not misappropriate trade secrets from ZeniMax, It’s unlikely their demand to pull Oculus products from shelves will be granted. Legal expert Joshua Rich told Ars Technica, “Had they prevailed on the trade secrets claim, [ZeniMax] would have been in an extremely strong position for an injunction… Here, I think is a relatively weak argument.”
Facebook has already been struggling to get their VR tech off the ground, which hasn’t really seen high demand since its launch. Company executives say they’re working on long term plans for Oculus. Adding onto that, Facebook will have to juggle battling serious legal action.