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Meta ordered to pay a hefty sum for violating live-streaming patents

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Meta was ordered to pay nearly $175 million in fines to app developer Voxer for violating live streaming patents | Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge

Meta has been ordered to pay Voxer – the creator of messaging app Walkie Talkie – more than $174 million in damages after a jury in a Texas federal court found the social media giant guilty of two live Infringing streaming patents with Facebook Live and Instagram Live.

The patents in question were developed by Voxer co-founder Tom Katis, a US Army veteran trying to fix shortcomings he had in battlefield communications after his combat unit was ambushed in Kunar province in 2003. Katis and his team began developing communications solutions in 2006, which resulted in new technology that enabled the transmission of live voice and video communications. Voxer was then founded in 2007 and the Walkie Talkie app was launched in 2011.

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