Ubisoft sues Black Eyed Peas for $1 million

French publisher takes hip-hop group to court over alleged breach of contract involving iPad and iPhone version of undisclosed Wii game.

Ubisoft has sued BEP Music--the official company name for American hip-hop group The Black Eyed Peas--for $1 million over an alleged breach of contract. The French publisher claims BEP Music failed to approve a version of a "popular Wii game" released in October 2011 for iOS devices, including the iPad and iPhone. This game is not named, but the only Ubisoft game released in October 2011 involving The Black Eyed Peas was Just Dance 3.

According to the suit, obtained by Courthouse News, Ubisoft entered into an agreement with the band in June 2011 that gave the company rights to use the group's names and likeness for console and iOS titles. The terms of the contract stated that BEP Music would notify Ubisoft within 10 business days if it approved a proposed project.

Ubisoft goes on to claim that in March this year it submitted an iOS game to the group for approval, but the band did not respond at all, therefore breaching the contract. Ubisoft claims that at the time of the breach, it had spent about $233,000 developing the iOS game, and said it has suffered damages in excess of $1,000,000 from the combined costs of development and profits lost.

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apolloooo
apolloooo

don't care, black eyed peas is trash anyway

theKSMM
theKSMM

Does anybody still remember when BEP was a legitimate hip-hop group that made decent music?

MrHatnClogs
MrHatnClogs

I would just sue them for the horrible half time show awhile back.

Binladensback
Binladensback

black eye pies are very smart - they know that if they associate themselves with UBIHARD they will lose untold millions in reputation and subsequent album sales.  They did not approve it by not replying (I wish I could sue everyone who does not answer me back, I would be a trillion-air by now).

itchyflop
itchyflop

"Whatever happened to the values of humanity

Whatever happened to the fairness and equality

Instead of spreading love

We spreading animosity

Lack of understanding

Leading us away from unity"

 

its a shit game anyway

Lei_11
Lei_11

1M for not calling back :P I should become a company too

tightwad34
tightwad34

One million for either of these parties is chump change to them. The Black Eyed Peas sold out faster than a cheetah chasing the meal that's going to save her cub's life. I don't want to see anyone go broke(almost anyone) but the Black Eyed Peas suck, like hard. Their popularity is an example of idiot America.

pip3dream
pip3dream

thats kinda hilarious.  Ubisoft: "YO, BEP. Y U NO TXT ME BACK?"

soulless4now
soulless4now

Let's see how long it takes them to settle out of court. 

hemoleech
hemoleech

A music band lawsuit, what else is new in the gaming industry.

Fursnake
Fursnake

Never trust a bean that tries to pass itself off as a pea.

TheZeroPercent
TheZeroPercent

then

will-i-am plays 5 minute show

pays off 1 million dollar debt

then

he buys 3 mid size mansions ,5 exotic sports cars and pimps out a big box chevy

N0tYrBeezin
N0tYrBeezin

Ubisoft is trying to give Black Eye Pea a black eye.

SolidTy
SolidTy

They were busy gettin' the Party started, give them a break Ubi!@!@!@!

SquareEnixFan13
SquareEnixFan13

Serves them right for releasing that garbage they call music.

driftingsilvia
driftingsilvia

I hope part of the settlement is they can never make "music" ever again.

richten71
richten71

Okay, now even after the ten days had passed, no one from Ubi could give BEP another call and ask what's going on. Maybe they forgot about it, maybe it got lost and they never saw it.

destroyeur
destroyeur

One reason I like Ubisoft even more, those Black Eye Peas are lucky there is no one with talent and love of music in the industry right now. The Fugees would put them to shame.

realguitarhero5
realguitarhero5

Good.   The Black Eyed Peas are a steaming pile of garbage.  I don't care who sues them or why they get sued.

Flint247
Flint247

"Imma, Imma, Imma be suing the Black Eyed Peas!"

mav_destroyer
mav_destroyer

I'm trying really hard to care for either Ubisoft or BEP but I can't seem to give a damn

holtrocks
holtrocks

Go Ubi, the black eyed peas have become nothing but talent less morons running around on stage with autotune.......wait thats what 90% of music is now days F*** this generation.

magius96
magius96

It said BEP has to notify UbiSoft within 10 days of approving a project.  It didn't say BEP had 10 days to approve the project, nor did it ever say BEP approved the project.  I just wanted to point that out.  There has to be more to it than what was reported in the article.

topeira
topeira

Did i get this right?

Ubi asked BEP for a response about a game they wanna develop and then started developing that game, invested over 200,000 dollars and BEP hasnt responded after 10 days so UBI sues them?is this how businesses are conducted these days? i wonder why UBI couldnt wait before investing money instead of getting BEP to sign a contract that forces them to respond faster. also i wonder how BEP were too busy to respond. i assume any response from BEP, via their lawyer, even a response to stall, renegotiate or ask for changes in said game could prevent the law suit. 

 

this is just strange.  

redskinStu
redskinStu

Considering what happened at the Super Bowl, maybe they decided never to show their faces again.

Bangerman15
Bangerman15

fergie is ugly af without her cake faced makeup on

maniaxe613
maniaxe613

Where is the love, Ubisoft?  I've got a feeling that Black Eyed Peas would never purposely betray Ubisoft!  Maybe Ubisoft and Black Eyed Peas can meet halfway to make a negotiation.  So let's get it started!

TheEroica
TheEroica

Can Ubi ask for more so we can get rid that shiity band once and for all?

servb0ts
servb0ts

Even in hard times people act greedy.

BetaVulgaris
BetaVulgaris

Assassin's Creed doesn't use BEP songs so it won't affect the release date of ACIII. Therefore, I don't care! :D

nielkainama93
nielkainama93

 @theKSMM I remember those days, as for now they are just the same like the other nonsense hip-hop music

MUR1217
MUR1217

 @richten71Then they lose the chance to get  the money of in this case !!!!!

tightwad34
tightwad34

 @destroyeur

 Some of their old shit isn't half bad. Way better than anything in the last 8 years or whatever. But, yeah the Fugees would put anything they came out with to shame. It is very sad the Fugees only had 1 album. They did only have 1 right?

Efrafa
Efrafa

 @holtrocks I don't what kinda music you're listening to but you need to expand your genres.

deathblow3
deathblow3

 @holtrocks black eye peas should be sued for growingly worse music. hate their crap now. remember when they used to rap?

mav_destroyer
mav_destroyer

 @holtrocks lol I used to think like that, and I still hate this generation's music, but then I remembered how many times my parents said my generation's music is crap. So I guess its just a matter of taste and we just have to accept that.

Dark_Arcitekt
Dark_Arcitekt

 @holtrocks So because you dislike this gen of music, Go Ubi? While I agree with you about autotune & BEP, I don't see that as a valid argument on this topic.

CommodoreRaslin
CommodoreRaslin

 @maniaxe613

 The love? Both sides made a business deal involving a clear contract and entered into this contract for the purpose of making money.

 

No love was involved nor does love belong here as this is the realm of cold cash.

Albelnox0
Albelnox0

 @servb0ts People have TEN days to like this comment or you BREACH the contract. GIMME YOUR MONIE PLS.

emperiox
emperiox

 @BetaVulgarisNobody cares about AC3. Seriously, that game is such a piece of crap and Runescape is like a million times better!!!

 

holtrocks
holtrocks

 @Dark_Arcitekt well at the end of the day neither side cares to much there both loaded this is just a matter of principle not money.

Szeiden
Szeiden

 @emperiox  @BetaVulgaris The fact that you say 'and Runescape is like a million times better!!!' gives it away. It doesn't work if you're so obvious. Better luck next time.

Cedar-Teeth
Cedar-Teeth

 @emperiox  Wait what? Runescape? seriously? HAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHA

 

BetaVulgaris
BetaVulgaris

 @emperiox RuneScape was fine before they started handing out free stuff to keep people from quitting and the number of preorders pretty much proofs how many people care about ACIII. ;)

berethor099
berethor099

 @emperiox  @BetaVulgaris

 Actually a TON of people care about AC 3.  The sad thing is, it's going to be worse than Revelations.  Each year the franchise gets a little worse.  This game will be no different.  STOP YEARLY INSTALLMENTS!!

yearssomuch
yearssomuch

 @Szeiden  @emperiox  @BetaVulgaris Clearly, it did work.. look at some of the responses.'WAT RUINSCAEP HAHAHA LULUL SO STUPID NUB.''OBVI PPL CAER BOUT AC3 IT HAZ HIGH PREORDERZ LOL'.

Darthbawls
Darthbawls

 @Cedar-Teeth  @emperiox Just saying although its a yearly installment which I think is bad, the team that made AC2 has been working on AC3 since they finished the latter, while a whole new team has been doing the Ezio games which would explain the lack of polish that people want. But I say this with everygame almost, just play the game and give it a shot first before throwing down judgment that it sucks or rocks.

Slinqy
Slinqy

 @berethor099  @emperiox  @BetaVulgaris

 In actuality, you would be correct in saying that. The games have been gradually going down in quality up until now. But think about why that is. ACII was a full-fledged sequel to AC1, so it got a ton more features and the story was long and well thought-out.

 

ACB and ACR were mere additions to Ezio's story, not real sequels in the sense that we got a new ancestor in a new era with totally new features to boot.

 

So it's really no wonder... But, even though the quality has been gradually going down because we were being fed more of the same, ACB still held a close score to ACII. While the quality did dip a little, it wasn't so much that I'd consider it a true dip in quality.

 

ACR on the other hand did bring a lot to the table, but the story was very short, and features like Den Defense and Desmond's Story were just annoying. Not to mention, a third journey with Ezio that served no greater purpose than to witness the end of Altair and ultimately Ezio's lives, was just contrived. His story could've ended in ACB if they just added a couple more sequences or even just one to really deliver a true ending... and they could've left Altair alone.

 

So while I agree that yes, the quality of the games has gradually gone down over the years, I don't see any reason to believe ACIII will suffer the same fate considering it is a true sequel as ACII was to AC1, whereas ACB and ACR were not.

 

 

 

 

 

 

berethor099
berethor099

 @Slinqy  @emperiox  @BetaVulgaris

I think they've been going downhill everysince AC 2.  Sure, brotherhood was good but not as good as AC 2.  And Revelations was terrible.  I mean WTF was with Desmonds section? Just garbage.

Slinqy
Slinqy

 @berethor099  @emperiox  @BetaVulgaris

 ACIII has been in development since the release of ACII. It's not a yearly installment. They thought long and hard when developing ACIII. It's no where near the same tier as the ACII and ACII dlc-like sequels; it's way above them.

 

By the way, Revelations is the only game that really dipped in quality. Brotherhood was actually a decent addition to the AC series, despite the lower but still respectable rating, and it can be clearly seen why that is when you consider how good of a story ACII had, and how much of a progression it had made from AC1. So, there really is no pattern yet-formed by which such a statement as yours can be justified.

BetaVulgaris
BetaVulgaris

 @berethor099  @emperiox Actually I think ACIII will be a huge leap just like ACII was. New fresh character, new RELEVANT minigames/content and instead of just increasing his arsenal they chose to remove most of the weapons to make him less overpowered. Also, the Desmond story will finally continue while in AC:R it was all kind of on standby. But let's just wait and see. :)