Author John L. Beiswenger Drops Lawsuit Against AC And Ubisoft
As many of you know, American author John L. Beiswenger filed a lawsuit against Ubisoft and its subsidiary companies (as well as GameTrailers, Inc.), claiming the storyline in the Assassin's Creed franchise very closely resembles the plot of one of his novels, "LINK."
However, a press release has confirmed that on May 18, GameTrailers reached a confidential settlement with Beiswenger under "undisclosed terms" and furthermore, as of May 29, the author has dropped his fight against Ubisoft. He has "voluntarily dismissed the action" against Ubisoft, and "without prejudice."
Because he ended this without prejudice, his claims are intact so if he wants to come back at Ubisoft in the future, he can. Apparently, lacking resources caused Beiswenger to suspend the lawsuit (yes, these things require money), as he alludes to in an official statement:
"I filed the Complaint and Motion for Preliminary Injunction in federal court because I believe authors should vigorously defend their rights in their creative works; Otherwise, the laws protecting them simply have no purpose. Regrettably, the resources required to defend those rights are unavailable to many individual creators. As a result, rampant infringement is occurring with impunity."
To learn more about the abandoned suit and the reasons for his dismissal, visit Beiswenger's official website.
5/29/2012 9:20:13 PM Ben Dutka