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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.
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If this lawsuit does prove to be in accordance with the plaintiff than I am sure Ubisoft will afford the cost of royalties to release Assassin's Creed 3. With as much animosity in the comments going against the author I can not imagine that Ubisoft would not make a net gain in this instance.
So, the complaint is dated April 16, 2012. If he is legit he has a h@## of a time proving what he states in the complaint and more power to him. On the other hand, if this is for publicity of for money then he can just bug off.
This seems like a bunch of bull. I dont get why it took the author so long to find this out. I dont get it and i dont think ubisoft would even copy that because that would be a big risk and I dont even think they know about the book because it isnt the big.
I love the assassins creed story but it is a little similar but so what there are tons of movies and books that pull from each other I hope this guy failS.
I guess I find it interesting that he waited this long to bring this up. If his book has been out since 2003 and AC I came out in 2007, and 3 more have been released since, why did he not file the lawsuit in 2008?
This guy's an idiot. Holy hell.
You wouldn't see the author of Battle Royale pissing over the Hunger Games. A LOT of things use religious/mythological inspirations, some sort of "time travel", assassinations, and good vs evil plots. Holy hell, this guy's an idiot and I have read reviews that the book isn't really popular or anything like Assassin's Creed. Ubisoft has been working on the third series of this game when they were working on Brotherhood or Revelations (can't remember which, it's in an interview somewhere), which probably means that they worked on the first game years before 2007. If Link came out in 2002-2003, then the first game was probably being in process around the same time. Having the same ideas does not mean ideas were stolen. What a moron. Is he trying to sue Ubisoft to make some cash?
I read a couple pages of the book on Amazon's preview. It's like I'm reading a bad fanfiction :(. Which reminds me, I have to work on my writing... OTL
I never read one of books but this guy is idoit for trying to sue ubisoft the people of the company and they have so many projects on there hands there trying to get this series done and move on to the next project if this guy suceeds to do this people are going to be piss off at me for stopping the release date i say thats *** up.
This is complete bs. This game is 4 games in and he just SUDDENLY comes out of nowhere and sues Ubisoft. There are so many books and movies like the game. So many. In my opinion if this wacko wants credit just put his name in the credits. Ubisoft you can win if this actually falls through :D
So I found this guy's FaceBook account...
For anyone who's interested.
well if for some reason ac3 is halted he is gonna have to watch out for rabid fans cause someone dressed as ezio is gonna get him.....anyways the whole concept of genetic memory's have been around for a long time.... if he can sue about that crap then brain herbert can sue him and ubi because dune plot points have a lot of genetic memory stuff in it...
"35. A recurring theme in Link is the battle between good and evil; in
Link, Med Diagnostics plans to steal and use the Link technology to its benefit;
and governmental entities try to get Search International to use the Link device and
process to interrogate “assassins” and their families.
36. A recurring theme in the Assassin’s Creed video games and books is a
battle between good and evil; in the Assassin’s Creed video game series, Abstergo
Industries uses the Animus technology to interrogate Desmond to try and find
other assassins. "
For those of you playing along at home, notice how 36 is completely not the plot of Assassin's Creed. Abstergo did not use the Animus to get Desmond to fight the Assassins. They did it to find the Apple of Eden, which they found out that Desmond's ancestors interacted with.
Along with so many other ways that I myself have noticed they are really reaching, number 36 explicitly shows that they have not actually taken the time to look at the entirety of Assassin's Creed, and are basing this lawsuit on cursory (and incorrect) knowledge of the series.
What most ppl fail to realize (my supposedly smart gaming community here) is that ppl don't create something, get it published, then spend the rest of their days watching the market to make sure someone isnt stealing their ideas. The publishing company does that (or is suppose to) so it seems possible that he was unaware of the content of AC. Not everyone plays games or has any interest in them. Even in the gaming community, some ppl still have never played the AC series and do not know what the storyline tells. The Book was published 4 years before the first AC from what previous posts state. Which normally means he worked on the book for a good time before actually getting it published. I wouldn't be surprised if Ubisoft takes a big hit here. Large companies are usually pretty good at making sure they don't infringe on copyrights.
You are right, you cannot copyright an "idea" but copyrighting protects the integrity of your story. It appears "Link" had the idea, story, and details copyrighted before Ubisoft took a stab at it. I mean no ill will towards Ubsoft and I have enjoyed the AC series greatly, but if this plays out that Ubisoft did indeed copy this person's story...then I hope they suffer the consequences.
This thing is fairly pointless, considering that they probably came up with their ideas independently. If this lawsuit does go ahead, I propose the following:
Joseph Raphson should sue Isaac Newton for developing a solving algorithm for non-linear equations.
Gottfried Leibniz should sue Isaac Newton (or vice versa) for developing calculus.
Galileo should sue Newton for discovering gravity.
Hewlett-Packard should sue Apple for creating the iPod touch, iPhone and iPad.
Democritus should sue Dalton for discovering the atom.
Sony should sue Xbox for copying their EyeToy.
I could go on and on, but I'm pretty sure you got the point.