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Author Suing Ubisoft Over Assassin's Creed Copyright Claim

Did Ubisoft plagiarise?

Ubisoft is being sued by author John L Beiswenger, who claims the Assassin’s Creed franchise has a lot of similarities to his book, Link.

Link was published in 2003 and explores the possibility of accessing memories of people’s ancestors through science. These memories can also be relived. You’ll notice that this is what Desmond is doing through the Assassin’s Creed franchise. Link also makes some references to assassinations, as well as religious and spiritual themes.

Beiswenger is suing Ubisoft for a minimum of $1.05 million, though this could rise to $5.25 million if the ruling judge believes that Ubisoft did infringe the copyright. Beiswenger also wants Assassin’s Creed III and other future related franchise merchandise to be prevented from being sold.

Source: GI.biz

  1. Taylor Made
    Since: Oct 2011

    so this guy finally decides to sue ubisoft, what did he do just started playing assassin creed to notice this? where has he been AC been out for how many years

    Comment posted on 18/04/2012 at 13:17.
    • nofi
      One for all.
      Since: Forever


      Comment posted on 18/04/2012 at 13:18.
      • Taylor Made
        Since: Oct 2011

        so basically what ‘brillerment’ said below lol

        Comment posted on 18/04/2012 at 13:36.
    • bigbaldwolf
      Since: Mar 2012

      Believe it or not. Not everyone knows about games and plays them. He may have been told about it by someone else and has decided to act on it

      Comment posted on 18/04/2012 at 13:36.
      • philzy85
        Since: May 2010

        True, but why wait for 5, almost 6, editions of the game before ‘letting him know about it’

        Comment posted on 18/04/2012 at 13:55.
      • yogdog
        Since: Feb 2010

        Because it could have randomly come up in a conversation sometime, or no-one he knows plays the games until recently etc etc.
        I agree it’s extremely unlikely he didn’t know about the Assassins Creed games until recently and it’s a bit suspicious it’s taken so long for him to start up a case, but it’s not outside the realms of possibility that he genuinely didn’t know about the series until recently.

        Comment posted on 18/04/2012 at 14:03.
      • lurch79
        Since: Nov 2011

        ok fair enough the guy may not play games or heard of them but they have had the books out of the games for a while now that tell the story of assassins creed

        Comment posted on 18/04/2012 at 14:38.
  2. GhostViper
    Since: Aug 2008

    Huh, did not see that coming.

    Comment posted on 18/04/2012 at 13:22.
  3. brillerment
    Since: Sep 2009

    There’s apparently been research into memories being carried in our DNA since the 1960’s. I think this is just an attempt to make a quick buck. There was even a movie following similar lines in the 1980s “Altered States”, based on a book written by John C Lilly. So who is really copying who anyway?


    Maybe not the most trustworthy site, but still.

    Comment posted on 18/04/2012 at 13:32.
  4. Sympozium
    Since: Aug 2009

    Hope Ubisoft wins through this. Pure greed

    Comment posted on 18/04/2012 at 14:07.
  5. Death_In_Flamez
    Since: Feb 2011

    I can see a similarity to using plastic cheese and normal cheddar cheese on burgers. Now I know for certain Burger King has been making burgers longer than my Mum but that sir is not plagarism.

    Comment posted on 18/04/2012 at 14:12.
  6. Awayze
    Since: Jul 2010

    Pathetic, the guy just wants to make a quick buck.

    Comment posted on 18/04/2012 at 14:19.
  7. hazelam
    Since: Feb 2009

    without having read his book i won’t make any definite statements.

    it does look like a bit of a cash grab, but then i wouldn’t put it past ubisoft to have stolen the guys ideas.

    Comment posted on 18/04/2012 at 14:23.
  8. MrSpeedyGonzales
    Since: Jun 2010

    I do wonder about the hippocracy (I don’t know if that’s how you spell it or not) of gamers. They complain about newspapers being biased against games with out having any facts to back it up, but if a story comes out when a games company might actually be in the wrong they defend it with out having any facts.

    I believe innocent until proven guilty.

    Btw, this wasn’t ago at TSA reporting.

    Comment posted on 18/04/2012 at 14:33.
  9. Porcupine_I
    Since: Aug 2009

    i heard harper lee is going to sue rovio over angry birds

    Comment posted on 18/04/2012 at 14:52.
  10. Bladesteel
    Since: Sep 2008

    If I’m not mistaken it takes a whole lot more than a few plot elements being similar for it to count as plagiarism (otherwise we wouldn’t see many new books). So unless the plot in AC is close to a carbon copy I can’t see how this is anything other than a money grab.

    Comment posted on 18/04/2012 at 15:16.
    • PoorPaddy89
      Since: Aug 2009

      Definitely. Unless there is an email or something between UbiSoft employees that says “Hey, this book is awesome! Let’s make a game about this kinda thing,” this really shouldn’t get anywhere.

      Comment posted on 18/04/2012 at 15:30.
      • a inferior race
        I'm special
        Since: Jul 2009

        Could still prevent further editions being sold without royalties though.

        Comment posted on 18/04/2012 at 20:17.

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