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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]
If he succeeds in "halting the release of Assassin's Creed III and related products," the internet will rip this dude a new ***
I understand the similarities but the idea didn't original with Ubisoft OR with the author. It's an idea that I'm sure many people have thought about. The fact that is has spriritual and religious undertones means nothing. How many books and movies, and plays, and games feature spiritual and religious undertones?...HUNDREDS UPON THOUSANDS. It's an incredibly popular subject because it's hotly debated. This dude is just trying to get rich off of someone else's dime. If his book was that good than maybe he'd be more successful.
Guess what if this man actually wants them to stop production on Assassin's Creed 3 he can die in a hole. There's no harm in trying to get his money if he thinks they took the idea from him but don't punish all the millions of players who are looking forward to playing AC3.
Dude this guy is gonna get boned by ubisofts lawyers.
What a ***...I was really looking forward to AC3
If this postpones the release of Assassin's Creed III, I'm gonna sue that guy for crushing my dreams!
What a loser
ubisoft has enough money to shut him up
If this guy has a case, then he has a case, but c'mon, man. Don't take
Assassin's Creed 3 from us. Us sweet, innocent, little gamers haven't done anything to you.
*** that guy, and *** every American that decided reidiculous lawsuits would be a good part of our culture.
dang thats crazy