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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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take their money but don't make us suffer
God damn these lawsuits are just ridiculous.
Lame, i searched for this book and can't even find it, if your book is a best seller or even heard of i could see your case, but this is a nobody and his book is rubbish
Your next, Susan Collins.
I don't care what they've done, or whatever else you demand from Ubisoft, but don't you DARE cancel my f****** AC3!
I hope this doesn't effect AC III either, cause I love AC.
if this guy delays ACIII he will die...
If this guy delays ACIII, I will shove a metal blade so far in his head that he will end up in The Island from AC: Revelations.
lol, people are already pissed at this guy.
Can't we just get the Bethesda guys to counter-sue him, they seem to be enjoying the whole suing thing lately. They'll seem like heroes to the game industry, increase their PR and we get Assassins Creed 3, win win in my book.
On the one side I understand the author of the novel, you feel betrayed in the deepest way and want to bring the one who lifted your story to justice. On the other side there are often concepts which are showing up similarities to others but the essential advantage is that ubisoft, with its grad fame, was able to sell this concept even better, through assassins' creed.
you realize the infrigement after 4 games? just looking for money and you better not mess with the release of AC3...nerve of some people, get a f*kn life...