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John Beiswenger, author of "Link," has taken Ubisoft to court over claims the publisher lifted story ideas from his novel to create the Assassin's Creed universe.
The complaint, which was filed earlier this week in a Pennsylvania court, outlines many of the similarities between the book and the game. In "Link," the plot introduces the conception and creation "of a device and process whereby ancestral memories can be accessed, recalled, relived, and re-experienced by the user."
Both also include spiritual and religious tones, assassinations, and characters experiencing historical events through their ancestors’ memories. "Ubisoft have directly copied, and directly and contributorily infringed on the whole of Plaintiff’s copyrighted work," the lawsuit claims. "Link" was first published in 2003.
Beiswenger is seeking 1.05 million in damages and up to $5.25 million if the judge rules Ubisoft knowingly infringed on the copyright, in addition to halting the release of Assassin's Creed III and related products.
Ubisoft said it does not comment on ongoing litigation.
The complaint in PDF form can be read here.
[via Patent Arcade]
This is America and we can sue for whatever we want
After reading the case a lot of what he cites are themes like good vs evil which can't be copyrighted. Also his claim that the animus looks like medical equipment in use today also can't be copyrighted. The rest of his claims just don't make sense since the game is about assassins and genetic memory phrases referring to that are expected. He does not have a case.
Why are all the *'s in these comments only three letters long, I can't think of any offensive 3 letter insults.
Grrrrr. . . hey man, let's at least settle this AFTER we can all get our hands on AC III. We're BEGGING YOU!!!
I dont think this will go anywhere. This guy and his book are not very notable I cant find anything about it on the web.
That guy can have $5.25 million of my foot in his A$$.
Wow... I wonder how many gaming companies were sued.......
Hmmmmmmmmmm..... Sony, Nintendo,........ And Ubisoft................ Is there more than that?
I bet he's from IBM
I want to sue him for being a Dick at the price of $10.5 million.
Genetic memory has been used in Altered States as well as spoken of in a number of psychedelic books written by Terence Mckenna and other similar authors. This guy is absurd if he thinks he has precedent.