Lawsuit claims Ubisoft copied Assassin's Creed from novel

Erik Johnson
Lawsuit claims Ubisoft copied Assassin's Creed from novel

Novelist John L. Beiswenger is suing Ubisoft for copying a substantial portion of his own work when shaping the Assassin’s Creed series.

The sci-fi author claims the game franchise rips off his novel Link, and will seek millions in damages as well as attempt to cease the launch of Assassin’s Creed III.

The 2002 novel includes in its story using technology to access ancestral memories, biblical and spiritual nonsense, and assassins—all of which Beiswenger is claiming Ubisoft copied.

The complaint (spotted by GI.biz) alleges that the developer/publisher ‘knew Link existed and copied a substantial portion of the copyrighted work.’

Beiswenger is also suing Gametrailers on top of his beef with Ubisoft.

The suit points out that the video site posted an official trailer for covering Asassin’s Creed Revelations in an epsisode, along with includin the Assassin's Creed space in PlayStation Home. The author asserts the site did this knowing about Link, making it legally liable.

A sample of Link on Amazon UK (via Shacknews) is available for the general public to take a look at.

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