Author John Beiswenger has officially dropped his lawsuit against Ubisoft. Initially filed last month, the lawsuit alleged that Ubisoft blatantly infringed on his book, Link, within their popular franchise, Assassin’s Creed; also named in the lawsuit was GameTrailers. Specifically, Beiswenger felt that the biblical themes and assassinations prominent in AC, were lifted from his book. The author sought upwards of 5.25 million dollars in damages and a halt on all AC titles, including Assassin’s Creed III, due out later this year.
After receiving an undisclosed settlement from GameTrailers, Beiswenger has since had the case dismissed without prejudice, meaning that it can be opened up again in court at any time. “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,” Beiswenger said in an official statement, “regrettably, the resources required to defend those rights are unavailable to many individual creators. As a result, rampant infringement is occurring with impunity.”
“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,” Beiswenger’s lawyer added, “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.”
A small group of gamers have shown their displeasure with the prospect of Assassin’s Creed III being delayed with an array of review-bombing on Beiswenger’s book’s Amazon page. Good thinking; that kind of behavior definitely does not perpetuate the stereotype of gamers as basement-dwelling shut-ins.
Assassin’s Creed III will release without delay – we hope – on October 30th, 2012 in North America, with a release to follow in Europe a day later.