Author John Beiswenger’s poked sleeping dragon that is the Fans of  Assassin’s Creed, when he took Ubisoft to court over claims the publisher infringed some of his copyrights to create the Assassin’s Creed universe.

The complaint filed previous month with the U.S. District Court for the middle district of Pennsylvania includes 11 counts of copyright infringement against Ubisoft and demanding damages of up to $5.25 million.

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The lawsuit could also delay the release of Assassin’s Creed III, a fact that wiped the grins from many Assassins (Fans) and a few (hundred) to review-bombing Beiswenger’s Amazon pages.

John Beiswenger’s lawyer, Kelley Keller has come out to defend the lawsuit regarding certain perceived similarities between the novel Link and the Assassin’s Creed franchise, responded to Eurogamer on the negative reaction and her client’s claims:

“We understand that many gamers are upset about the litigation and potential for delay in the release of the next Assassin’s Creed video game, and as a result of that anger have been posting negative comments on Amazon – and other forums – about our client and his novel Link. However, copyright laws exist to protect authors and creators from others who copy or create works that are, under the law, substantially similar; failure to enforce copyright laws renders them meaningless.


“The Amazon ‘bombing,’ storm of negative comments and threats to our client have no bearing on the appropriateness, merits or outcome of this suit. They have no material effect on the legal claims.”

Lot of people are asking why Beiswenger decided to come out with this information now and not back in 2007, but his lawyer’s response is only that the lawsuit was brought before the court “within the applicable time periods required under the law.”Could be that Beiswenger’s attention was only just recently clued into the similarities, or he saw how lucrative the Assassin’s franchise has become and thought it best to act now.

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Nevertheless both parties are moving on, Ubisoft sticking to their release date and not commenting on the situation. Most likely, if the court rules over in Beiswenger’s favor, Ubisoft will have to pay out some sort of settlement, but a deal will be reached whereby Assassin’s Creed III can meet its release date.

Previously, Alex Hutchinson creative director for Assassin’s Creed III said the game has made “huge progress” and added Assassin’s Creed III Features Real-Life Assassination

Assassin’s Creed III will release on October 30 for PC, PS3, Xbox360 and Wii U.

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Put everything aside, do you think that Beiswenger’s suit has some grounds?


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