John Carmack denies claims that he tried to "hide or wipe" evidence in recent Oculus lawsuit
John Carmack denies claims that he tried to
Published: 3rd February 2017 | Source: PCGAMER |
John Carmack denies claims that he tried to "hide or wipe" evidence
The Zenimax vs Oculus trial is over. I disagreed with their characterization, misdirection, and selective omissions. I never tried to hide or wipe any evidence, and all of my data is accounted for, contrary to some stories being spread.
Being sued sucks. For the most part, the process went as I expected.
In addition to expert testimony finding both literal and non-literal copying, Oculus programmers themselves admitted using Zenimax’s copyrighted code (one saying he cut and pasted it into the Oculus SDK), and [Oculus VR co-founder] Brendan Iribe, in writing, requested a license for the 'source code shared by Carmack' they needed for the Oculus Rift. Not surprisingly, the jury found Zenimax code copyrights were infringed. The Oculus Rift was built on a foundation of Zenimax technology.
As for the denial of wiping, the Court’s independent expert found 92 percent of Carmack’s hard drive was wiped—all data was permanently destroyed, right after Carmack got notice of the lawsuit, and that his affidavit denying the wiping was false. Those are the hard facts.
This court case is a major hit to John Carmack's reputation, with legal documents not only stating that he destroyed evidence that would have been relevant to the case but that he also stole over 10,000 documents from a previous employer and used them to further their rivals.
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