Cease and desist sent to Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late hitbox viewer creator, Arc System Works also ask to take down tournament footage

Posted by Cheng Kai 'KarbyP' Sim • August 22, 2014 at 4:15 p.m. PDT

Shortly after the Japanese release of Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late for the PS3, Kenbot creator Dantarion began working on a hitbox viewer project for the game that he finally put the finishing touches to last week, on August 15.


The completed project was available on http://finalclause.dantarion.com/hitboxes, and it contained not only hitbox data, but also the game's complete frame data and additional information on move properties.

But if you go over to that URL now, you won't find any of all that great stuff to help you figure out all the ins and outs of UNIEL.

All you'll see is a brief note written by Dantarion himself, explaining why all of his hard work is no longer there.
At the request of ARC System Works I have removed the hitbox viewer. They requested that I remove not only all artwork from my site, but also all frame data, hitbox data, and information about move properties.

They also requested that I remove tournament footage from my youtube, linking me to URL's I embedded on my blog.
These videos were not uploaded or recorded by me, and are normal footage of a small UNIEL tournament I attended in Socal (I got 2nd with Merkava, shake the baby!)

Please follow me at @dantarion, and thanks for the feedback and support!

I really appreciated the response I got from making this tool for the public. I may not be a nationally ranked player, but I enjoy making a difference in the FGC community by creating tools and informational websites for players when said information is not available from the developer.

Dantarion had spent a good amount of time extracting and compiling the information for the UNIEL FGC -- for a good idea of what the work involved, you can check out his blog post here -- but ultimately he respects Arc System Works's wishes, and chose to comply with the cease and desist order willingly.

He only wished that the publisher would make the frame data and hitbox information available to fans in some other way.

On top of requesting for Dantarion to remove all information concerning UNIEL's hitbox and frame data, Arc System Works has also asked for UNIEL footage from a recent tournament to be removed. The videos, however, were not posted by Dantarion, and he has no means of taking them down personally.

We've reached out to Arc System Works for comment on this story, and for further clarification on the situation.



Source: Dantarion. Sent in by Jason and Mike Z.
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