An American novelist and product researcher, John Beiswenger, has sued Ubisoft over the story for Assassin’s Creed, claiming that Ubi‘s game infringes on elements of his novel, Link. In particular Ubi’s Animus is supposedly similar to his “conception and creation of a link device and process whereby ancestral memories can be accessed, recalled, relived, and re-experienced by the user.“
Beiswenger also note that both his book and the Assassin’s Creed series deal with “the battle between good and evil” and “spiritual and biblical tones“, along with the idea of assassination. The copyright infringement suit also seems to take issue with the fact that both works use the words “link“, “synchronize” and “assassins” repeatedly.
Ars Technica quotes Dallas attorney Mark Methenitis as saying about the case that, “The level of comparison they’re trying to make would be along the lines of both Back to the Future and Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure have time machines as plot devices, so one must be infringing the other.“
Beiswenger wants between $1.05 and $5.25 million for the alleged infringement by Ubisoft. Oh and he also wants to stop the release of Assassin’s Creed 3. Ubisoft, when questioned, said that they do not comment on ongoing litigation.
We did some checking up on the novel in question, Link. It is, as noted in the suit, available at several outlets including Amazon.com, where several people have taken to bombing the title with bad reviews following the news that he was suing Ubi. We also noted that the book was published by Infinity Publishing, which specialises in self-publishing. Since it seems to only be available online, proving whether or not anyone who worked on Assassin’s Creed actually read the book may not be too difficult since it will probably appear in their purchase history.
Ars Technica: http://arstechnica.com/gaming/news/2012/04/sci-fi-author-sues-ubisoft-over-assassins-creed-copyright-infringement.ars?