Lawyers Unclear On The Concept
Posted on Monday, November 19 @ 22:20:14 Eastern by Duke_FerrisAnd so it came to pass that Ubisoft threatened to sue SomethingAwful.com over a dirty comic strip involving Assassin's Creed, and producer/actress Jade Raymond.
Let me get right to the point. Ubisoft's law firm is staffed by idiots. Hey bad lawyers: You're doing it wrong!
Let's check it out why they're so wrong:
1- Rich Kyanka aka "Lowtax", owner of SomethingAwful.com, did not make the comic, nor was it hosted on their servers. It was just an image in a forum post. His response, in which he calls the lawyer a "fag" indicates that he is properly unconcerned.
2- The comic in question is not in violation of anything (It's not very nice, and no I'm not going to link it here. Find it yourself, weirdos.). The comic is clearly parody, and makes fair use of both Assassins Creed and Ms. Raymond. As a public figure, Jade has no real slander or libel case as no reasonable person would believe the comic to be true (see Flynt v. Falwell). GR can also post this panel from the comic under fair use doctrine, because this is news here people, and I'm like some kinda legitimate journalist writer type guy. So there!
3- This is the stupidest part. Nobody outside of 200 geeky gamers would have ever seen that comic... until Ubisoft's lawyers threatened to sue people. Now the story is all over the place, and even made it to my Manifesto. That's another 2,000 people right there, ya dumb lawyers.
Hopefully, Jade herself can just laugh it off, as she's a legit game developer who just happens to be pretty too. Go Jade!
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