Today's Hard|Forum Post
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Tuesday May 29, 2012

Assassin's Creed Lawsuit Update

While I don't have a link to this one just yet, we do have the press release stating that Beiswenger has "settled" with GameTrailers and voluntarily dismissed his action against Ubisoft regarding the Assassin’s Creed copyright infringement. I'll post more info when I get it, here is a link to the original story.

On April 17, 2012, American author and research engineer, John L. Beiswenger, filed a lawsuit against Ubisoft Entertainment S.A. and its subsidiary companies, and Gametrailers, Inc., alleging that the storyline behind the popular Assassin's Creed franchise features many similarities to one of his novels, LINK. On May 18, 2012, Gametrailers reached a confidential settlement with Beiswenger under undisclosed terms. On May 29, 2012, Beiswenger exercised his right as a federal litigant to voluntarily dismiss the action against the Ubisoft defendants, without prejudice. There has not been any adjudication on the merits of Beiswenger’s infringement claims.

Kelley Clements Keller, Esq., legal representative for Beiswenger, said, "My client’s decision to exercise his right to voluntarily dismiss the action, without prejudice, in no way diminishes his stalwart conviction in the merit of his claims against Ubisoft. He is unwavering in his belief that many key components of the Assassin’s Creed video game franchise infringe on many key components of his novel, LINK. We believe Ubisoft has engaged in egregious acts of copyright infringement and, should he choose to seek redress through the courts in the future, we remain confident that a trier of fact would agree."