The copyright infringement suit was filed earlier this week. Beiswenger claims 11 counts of copyright infringement against Ubisoft and GameTrailers between the story and the trailers for the franchise.
Beiswenger claims the plotline of Assassin's Creed borrows heavily from his own work. The book in question, Link, was published in 2002, a full five years before the first Assassin's Creed debuted in 2007. It is the story of scientists discovering ancestral memory stored in cells. It has a lab where research is done into exploring memories stored in cells and contains a device for reliving those memories, not unlike the Animus research done by Abstergo in Assassin's Creed, Beiswenger alleges. His book also makes reference to assassins and assassinations done from the memory device.
Additionally, the author is suing GameTrailers for the video trailers of the games throughout the franchise.
All Beiswenger is looking for is to stop any further infringement on his copyrighted material and compensation for damages of up to $5.25 million. You can believe that Ubisoft will fight this to their last breath.
More information will be provided as it becomes available.
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