Submitted by ArranW 2601d ago | rumor

Ubisoft Use Illegal No-CD Crack To Fix Bug

PC using Rainbow Six Vegas 2 owners who purchased the game via the "Direct 2 Drive" service were in for a mess of a time when Ubisoft issued their latest patch for the game, bringing the version number up to 1.03. Apparently while the patch would work fine for standard disc owning gamers, downloadable versions of the game were incompatible with the new patch which ended up causing owners of this version some undue stress.

Talk was rife on the official Ubi forums, with users figuring out that an illegal No-CD crack created by the "RELOADED" group would in fact fix the problems that "D2D" version owners were facing. Of course, seeing as the crack was unofficial and illegal, users explaining this fix were issued warnings and the suggestions removed.

Enter Ubi's "own" patch for the problem, which fixed the problem just as the illegal patch had. Some enquiring gamers took it upon themselves to dig deeper into the inner workings of the officially issued patch and were shocked to see what they had found. The "official" patch issued by Ubisoft was in fact the same patch stolen from the illegal cracking group RELOADED.

(More at the site) (Industry, PC, Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Vegas 2)

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Mc Fadge  +   2601d ago
gamesR4fun  +   2601d ago
RELOADED SUES imagine the headline lol
Wont happen but i gotta tip my hat to those boys thanks to them i dont need to use the stupid cd on half my games.
znu  +   2600d ago
well actually you can't sue for something you haven't patented(trade marked) and I doubt that a cracking team officially patented their illegal(well in some countries) crack

Shame of Ubi though, their games have been dropping quality lately and now this.
Meus Renaissance  +   2601d ago
kg7310  +   2600d ago
a lot of people will think because of this that nocd cracks are legal now..
gamesR4fun  +   2600d ago
that all depends on where u live man :P
Avto  +   2600d ago
Well I for once know this cracks have better performance than the original game.exes Ubi games come with
jspc1989  +   2600d ago
this truelly is halerious.

to no.4 > you mean theyre not legal?! ;-)
Zeevious  +   2600d ago
In many places this is a grey area
only partially defined by law and largely dependent on your use of the content.

According to US copyright law for instance you have the fair-use right to a backup of software or media you have purchased.

Want to know the catch?

Companies that produce or manufacture that software or media do NOT have to design or create any of it to allow you to exercise your right of fair use. They can and do, in fact produce such content to inhibit or restrict those rights. Enter SafeDisc, Macrovision, CSS-DVD's, etc.

The issues online & within encoded media become even more complicated with the slightest form of encryption...technically if even a kilobyte is encrypted you can claim additional or associative violations of a separate Digital Millennium Copyright Act with attempts at circumventing the copyrighted work or related protections.

If the contradictions are confusing you, welcome to the current state of Digital Content Protection.
jay2  +   2600d ago
Reloaded, go get you're self some cash and sue.
keapon  +   2600d ago
So, even a publisher realizes that their copy "protection" is doing harm to their legitimate customers more than anything else. Wonderful.

Of course, it looks like Ubisoft is doing its best to just sweep this under the rug. The linked thread has already been closed by moderators.
A-ROD  +   2600d ago
Ubisoft is so lazy -.-'

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