Ubisoft Sued for Assassin’s Creed Copyright Infringement
Ubisoft has its hands full with the upcoming release of Assassin’s Creed III, and if John L. Beiswenger is successful that release can be stopped entirely. Why? Beiswenger claims in his novel, Link, has numerous pieces in which Ubisoft has lifted from his work to use in its Assassin’s Creed series.
Beiswenger’s novel is based on the premise that ancestral memories can be “accessed, recalled, relived and re-experienced” by participants in a radical new scientific process. The suit lists a wide range of similarities, from narrative themes to specific use of individual words.
There are other references in this legal document in which he states other ideas such as the discussion of assassins, God, Garden of Eden, forbidden fruit, and so forth are stolen from his work.
In the suit, Beiswenger requests he receives no less than $1.05 million in damages, but that amount could rise to $5.25 million if the judge rules that Ubisoft “wilfully infringed his copyrights.” The piece that can be a little disheartening as it also calls for the prevention of the release of Assassin’s Creed III.