John L. Beiswenger, research engineer and science-fiction author, is suing Ubisoft for copying his novel “Link” with its Assassin’s Creed franchise.
He claims that the series shares many similarities with his novel that explores the ideas of memories being ”accessed, recalled, relived and re-experienced” using a special device called the “Bio-synchronizer.”
According to the legal complaint filed, his novel also touches on assassins and assassinations, using John Wilkes Booth as an example. Beiswenger also claims that the Assassin’s Creed games copy themes from “Link” such as ”spiritual and biblical tones, with references made to Jesus and God, the Garden of Eden, and forbidden fruit.”
“Ubisoft have directly copied, and directly and contributorily infringed on the whole of Plaintiff’s copyrighted work,” the lawsuit states.
He is demanding $1.05 million in damages, with an increase to $5.25 million if Ubisoft admits to willful copyright infringement. In addition to this, Beiswenger is also looking to block the release of Assassin’s Creed III and all related products.