Author Sues Ubisoft Over Assassin's Creed IP [Updated]


By: Alan Bell
Published: Thursday 19 Apr 2012 11:01 AM
 

Update: Ubisoft response added.

American sci-fi Author John L. Beiswenger is suing Ubisoft over similarities he alleges exist between the Assassin's Creed franchise and one of his books, according to a report on gi.biz this morning.

The book, called Link, is also based around the idea that ancestral memories can be accessed and relived, thanks to modern scientific magic. It allegedly shares several other similarities to Ubisoft's massively successful franchise, including (from the legal filing) "spiritual and biblical tones, with references made to Jesus and God, the Garden of Eden, and forbidden fruit."

Beiswenger is seeking damages for each game in the series released since the first game in 2007 and, in addition to millions of dollars in damages for those titles, he's trying to block the release of Assassin's Creed III and all related products.

We requested comment on Beiswenger's allegations from Ubisoft, and they responded: "Ubisoft does not comment on ongoing litigation."

We'll keep you appraised of this ongoing story as additional updates come to hand.



 

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KatalystaKaos
On Thursday 19 Apr 2012 11:56 AM Posted by KatalystaKaos NZGamer.com VIP
There's numerous books with similar ideas to AC, I read a fictional book several months before playing the origianl AC, who's title alludes(no not LINK!!) me a where the theory was based on our Ancestors memories being stored in DNA. I remember thinking wow this is like that book. There's even groups and societies out there based on such ideology. This guy's dreaming if he thinks he originated the concept. Wonder if he was also had the idea of diving 10 stories into a nice soft carriage of hay. Geez while they're at it why don't the guys the came up with Parklour sue as well!! Smells like he or his publicist have seen a chance garner widespread some publicity.
 
 
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KatalystaKaos
On Friday 20 Apr 2012 1:46 PM Posted by KatalystaKaos NZGamer.com VIP
^ My comment reads like dyslexia I have, not I do just musta tired been!!
 
 
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