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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]
Should Nintendo sue this guy for not only "knowingly" infringing on Link's name, but possibly his story of "A Link to the Past" as well? People need to stop suing, this guy could've actually become a part of the creative process in this game if he wanted to, if he approached Ubisoft properly.
the copyright is invalid
...and almost 5 years since the first game, he never knew Assassins Creed existed? wow man just drop it you just want credit for their success in making "supposedly" your ideas even better. thats like saying Star Trek has the right to copywrite "Warp Speed". practically every space movie has a "warp speed" engine, and anything else that may have been copied for other space movies.
"halting the release of Assassin's creed 3"? No one man can have this much power. And if so, im going to find this man and do things to him...bad things...
Maybe the base of the story is the same but I doubt every other aspect is and that's what is gonna come up in court and Ubisoft will win the case and he wont get anything. How the Law works AC3 wont be delayed.
If that guy halts the release of AC3 he's gonna get so much hatemail
John Beiswenger is a money hungry b*tch that just wants money off ubisoft cause they know how 2 make some good that sells... unlike johns broke ass.. I hope he dies... Plus its been how long five years and just now hes want 2 sue over some ***.. "*** JOHN BEISWENGER" U ***! SORRY BUT THATS HOW I FEEL
You can't copyright ideas, only the expression of ideas. Also, if this were true, why wait nine years to say something? Equity aids the diligent, not those who slumber on their rights. Next.
why would he just now seek a law suit. AC has had 4 titles .why now.
No!! This guy cannot halt ACIII. Why is he sueing now when Assassin's Creed was already made so many years ago? Just like all the other posters said, He probably just wants money to make up for the failure of a book he wrote. If I ever see his book, I will burn it.
thats stupid. Ubisoft probably didnt even read the book or take any ideas from it. They probably came up with the same ideas that was in the book, but the book has not been read.
all great ubisoft is being sued may not be no AC3,darksiders 2 been delayed to august whats next