Ubisoft's Use Of The (Star)Force Lands It In Court
from the wonder-what-defense-they'll-use? dept
Remember Starforce? The somewhat insecure makers of video game copy protection, who are often criticized for problems brought about by their copy protection system? It appears that someone finally got fed up enough with them to sue… However, they’re not suing Starforce (based in Russia), but video game maker Ubisoft for using Starforce’s copy protection, which they claim opens up huge security holes on computers without warning and without an easy way to remove the software. Remember, Starforce is also the same company that launched a silly publicity stunt contest to “prove” its software didn’t do any damage. In order to win the contest, you had to bring a PC (must still be under warranty) to their Moscow headquarters at your own expense — then install their software on their premises, and then prove that your CD/DVD drive no longer worked (only one of the various complaints some have had). If you failed, the company would publicly shame you on their website. And, of course, you only had a month and a half to show up at their office. Of course, at the end of that month and a half, when no one had shown up to take the “challenge,” the company announced that it was proof their software was fine. I wonder if that’s the defense Ubisoft will use in court. After all, it’s been “proven” that the software is fine.