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Ubisoft pirates own soundtrack

Ubisoft pirates own soundtrack

Ubisoft is accused of torrenting its own soundtrack to include it in a Collector's Edition pack.

Ubisoft has been accused of selling pirated materials which it itself made as part of the Collector's Edition of Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood.

The accusation revolves around the soundtrack for the Digital Deluxe Collector's Edition of Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood, the meta-data of which reveal it to be a torrented version which was encoded by 'Arsa13', rather than Ubisoft.

Exactly why Ubisoft included an illegally ripped version of the soundtrack in the Digital Deluxe package, rather than the official copies, is unclear. Ubisoft has told Eurogamer that it is now investigating the matter.

This isn't the first time that Ubisoft has distributed illegal versions of its own software, however. Back in 2008 Ubisoft released a patch for Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Vegas 2 which allowed players to run the game without the CD in the drive. PC gamers quickly discovered, however, that the patch was actually just an existing
NO-CD hack by pirate group Reloaded
.

'Needless to say we do not support or condone copy protection circumvention methods like this and this particular incident is in direct conflict with Ubisoft's policies,' said the company in an official statement at that time.

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Jamie 16th March 2011, 16:49 Quote
You couldn't make this up, hilarious.
mi1ez 16th March 2011, 16:49 Quote
Useless idiots.
WarrenJ 16th March 2011, 16:52 Quote
Why would it be illegal to have a copy of it if they are they copyright owners of the track anyway?

Granted it's a bit of a balls up they used a encoded version from outside the realms of the company.
CardJoe 16th March 2011, 17:00 Quote
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Originally Posted by WarrenJ
Why would it be illegal to have a copy of it if they are they copyright owners of the track anyway?

It wouldn't be, I guess. But the copy itself is still illegal.
DriftCarl 16th March 2011, 17:02 Quote
Does this mean that they can now no longer pursue Ares13 for damages if they have included their "release" in their official software. Maybe they can now charge ubisoft for the encoding.

Potentially the encoding could have even been created using pirated encoding software, so ubisoft may indeed be breaking the law by using the soundtrack.
Bungletron 16th March 2011, 17:15 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by WarrenJ
Why would it be illegal to have a copy of it if they are they copyright owners of the track anyway?

Granted it's a bit of a balls up they used a encoded version from outside the realms of the company.

True, I think Ubisoft would be able to use it legally but it is just not a very good idea to resell it. Alarmingly it opens the legal can of worms whereby those that have purchased the pirated files legitimately from Ubisoft may find themselves the target of any effort to take action against those that downloaded pirated Ubisoft content in general. Seeds of doubt over the source of Ubisoft content could also serve as a defence used for those accused of pirating software from Ubisoft too (I will not be testing this one in court tho) so I would upgrade that to full balls up.
BRAWL 16th March 2011, 17:20 Quote
a copy within a copy within a copy...

hmm, clone-inception?

Idiots.
GravitySmacked 16th March 2011, 17:27 Quote
Priceless!
sWW 16th March 2011, 17:29 Quote
Wonder how the person who torrented said music is going to be dealt with? Possibility for getting sacked?
GravitySmacked 16th March 2011, 17:35 Quote
They need to make the soundtrack have an always on internet connection to play, only way to stop the employees downloading!
proxess 16th March 2011, 17:45 Quote
Yo dawg, I put a copy of your copy in my copy so you we can pirate while you pirate while we... copyright.
Evildead666 16th March 2011, 17:54 Quote
WTF ?
How this could happen is just unbelievable.

They should maybe get a fine for "re-selling pirated content", even if they do own the original copyright.
Maybe they'll check things over a bit better before unleashing it upon the public.
What if it had a virus/trojan ?
c0ldfused 16th March 2011, 18:04 Quote
I love the NO-CD crack gaffe. It's hilarious considering how anal Ubisoft were with piracy.
wuyanxu 16th March 2011, 18:06 Quote
haha, this story made my day! thanks bit-tech!
warejon9 16th March 2011, 18:07 Quote
If ubisoft used this, surely they're charging for Pirated material, which is illegal ain't it? Also how did they get it in the first place, isn't that illegal as well?
sotu1 16th March 2011, 18:11 Quote
Ubi better start suing Ubi....lol
thehippoz 16th March 2011, 18:44 Quote
probably was previewing his illegal mp3's to find one to include.. some reason didn't think about the header
Fizzban 16th March 2011, 19:22 Quote
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Originally Posted by Jamie
You couldn't make this up, hilarious.
Quote:
Originally Posted by GravitySmacked
Priceless!

This is too funny! :)

Oh I'm betting someone over at Ubisoft got a scolding.
Squallers 16th March 2011, 20:07 Quote
Words cannot express the hilarity of this fail
FelixTech 16th March 2011, 20:28 Quote
Surely the owners of the game can bring a class action against Ubisoft? They were supposed to be sold an official copy and instead they got a pirated version...

Still, news stories don't get much better than this! :P
docodine 16th March 2011, 22:14 Quote
This is clever on Ubisoft's part!

If anyone comes forward and claims responsibility, Ubi can just take them to court..
greigaitken 16th March 2011, 23:27 Quote
I'd imagine the motive for doing this was to get around some in-company beurocracy / authorisation to speed up the ability to realease which is better for their bottom line but some top dudes will be confused and angry while some bottom dude just got them some cash quicker and a bollocking
Anfield 16th March 2011, 23:36 Quote
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Originally Posted by sWW
Wonder how the person who torrented said music is going to be dealt with? Possibility for getting sacked?

Nah, Ubisoft couldn't find a torrent for stamps yet, so they can't currently send out any P45.
Landy_Ed 17th March 2011, 00:09 Quote
jsheff 17th March 2011, 00:40 Quote
'Dude, can you find the files for the OST on the server anywhere?'
'Nah, I think you named them all weird, I'll just torrent it - it'll be quicker'
Toploaded 17th March 2011, 01:00 Quote
''PC gamers quickly discovered, however, that the patch was actually just an existing
NO-CD hack by pirate group Reloaded.''

That's pretty much what I did when I made the installers for Postal 2 ect for the RWS store, but I'm surprised a company like Ubisoft would resort to such half arsed methods :)
logan'srun 17th March 2011, 07:31 Quote
YaRRRRRR - to the cannons!!!!!!
BentAnat 17th March 2011, 08:18 Quote
ROFL.
Guess if they ever find Ares13, they can't really take him to court, as they're reselling his (admittedly pirated) version of the OST... Whihc means they're making income from his work, which I am sure there are various laws to wangle this with... complex sh*t, legally...

While I don't think it's a matter of Ares13 sueing them, it could possibly be made into a "get out of jail free" car for whoever Ares13 is, by a clever lawyer or 2
Waynio 17th March 2011, 12:34 Quote
Wow, what a muckup & how on earth could this happen .

"This isn't the first time that Ubisoft has distributed illegal versions of its own software, however. Back in 2008 Ubisoft released a patch for Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Vegas 2 which allowed players to run the game without the CD in the drive. PC gamers quickly discovered, however, that the patch was actually just an existing
NO-CD hack by pirate group Reloaded."

Could this mean Reloaded actually fixed something ubisoft couldn't, lmao incredible :D.
spectre456 17th March 2011, 12:40 Quote
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Originally Posted by Waynio
Wow, what a muckup & how on earth could this happen .

"This isn't the first time that Ubisoft has distributed illegal versions of its own software, however. Back in 2008 Ubisoft released a patch for Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Vegas 2 which allowed players to run the game without the CD in the drive. PC gamers quickly discovered, however, that the patch was actually just an existing
NO-CD hack by pirate group Reloaded."

Could this mean Reloaded actually fixed something ubisoft couldn't, lmao incredible :D.

oh yes i remember this. :D

you'll only hear about these wacky stories from Ubi.

pirated music?
no-cd cracks?
online only only drm? (formerly)

i honestly have no clue as to what their next blunder will be.
hyperion 17th March 2011, 12:45 Quote
Cool. If game companies pirate stuff I guess I shouldn't have any moral inhibitions about it.
Cthippo 17th March 2011, 13:14 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by jsheff
'Dude, can you find the files for the OST on the server anywhere?'
'Nah, I think you named them all weird, I'll just torrent it - it'll be quicker'

I think this is pretty much what happened.

At the risk of starting the unending piracy debate all over again, this reminds me of Ghandi breaking the law by picking up salt from the sea shore.
eddtox 17th March 2011, 13:51 Quote
I wonder if this is included in those piracy statistics that keep being thrown around?

Pirate your own stuff
Release statistics showing how your stuff was pirated to hell and back
???
PROFIT!!
erratum1 18th March 2011, 15:36 Quote
Pirating your own software, dumb asses.
Ninja_182 18th March 2011, 22:21 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by jsheff
'Dude, can you find the files for the OST on the server anywhere?'
'Nah, I think you named them all weird, I'll just torrent it - it'll be quicker'

Beat me to it! The number of times I have had to download my photos back off websites because I had a lax moment and deleted them.
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