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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.

Tags: assassins creed, john beiswenger, ubisoft, assassins creed lawsuit

5/29/2012 9:20:13 PM Ben Dutka

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Tuesday, May 29, 2012 @ 10:43:29 PM

I don't have any idea if his individual case has any merit (but I definitely feel for him if it does), but this statement is undoubtedly true and correct:

"Regrettably, the resources required to defend those rights are unavailable to many individual creators. As a result, rampant infringement is occurring with impunity."

Giant corporations can and do steal creative works from little-known artists constantly (almost as if it was written policy)...

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Tuesday, May 29, 2012 @ 10:52:57 PM

Some people would do anything for money.

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Wednesday, May 30, 2012 @ 12:50:29 AM

It's sad that we live in a world where people are just out to get an easy dollar so often, that we always just assume that's why people do everything that they do.

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Wednesday, May 30, 2012 @ 12:56:35 AM

It's sort of a blurry line between 'inspired by' and straight ripping off. An example would be Quentin Tarantino, some claim the obvious similarities between his works and others are 'homages' to those he admires while others think he's just stealing the work of obscure artists whose work never became mainstream.

In this case I think any similarities to this guys novels are purely coincidental, and not specific enough-he claims the similarities are AC's spiritual and biblical tones and the battle between good and evil...

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Wednesday, May 30, 2012 @ 3:45:17 AM

While I haven't read these books, the similarities do seem to go deeper than that. Just by looking at the brief description of the plot line, it involves a "new technology" which helps a company discover that "at the functional center of... every cell is an... infinite capacity for memory," and "test subjects are taken back in time to recall ancestral memories."

No one familiar with Assassin's Creed can deny that this description is extremely similar.

I guess the worst thing to come out of this situation is ignorant and immature gamers review-bombing his books on Amazon. It was funny with Cooper Lawrence, because she absolutely deserved it, but this guy didn't. An artist defending their work, regardless of whether it was fully accurate in this case, should be respected. What's next? Review-bomb an indie music group because their music is used without permission in The Avengers 2?

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Wednesday, May 30, 2012 @ 5:41:16 AM

yes yes insufficient funds.
a much more believable reason would be i realised how stupid and futile this is and ubisoft was ready to follow with a counter suit.
its quite disgusting how many people throw this sh*t around and waste the courts time just as a simple ploy to gain money!

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Wednesday, May 30, 2012 @ 7:14:15 AM

Yea if he was so confident on his lawsuit he could've just got a loan from a bank or something since it was nothing compared to how much money he was gonna win if he won the lawsuit... Sounds like he knew he was gonna loose

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Wednesday, May 30, 2012 @ 11:26:59 AM does state that he reached a settlement with Gametrailers so I'd think that his lawsuit had some validity.

It is highly likely that he doesn't have the money. You have to think about it, this has already gone on for months. It would likely continue for another year and half if not more. For a author, we don't know how much he's made but it's obvious if he made a ton of money off his books then he would've continued with the suit. In this manor he can pick it back up when he has enough funds.

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Thursday, May 31, 2012 @ 10:06:14 AM

I would do anything for money, but I won't do that.

(It's in your head now, isn't it? HA!)

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