Earlier this week, Beiswenger filed the complaint with the Pennsylvania Court. In the complaint, he showed the similarities between his novel and the Ubisoft game. Apparently, the plot in “Link” (published in 2003) talks about the idea/creation “of a device and process whereby ancestral memories can be accessed, recalled, relived, and re-experienced by the user”.
According to the lawsuit, “Ubisoft have directly copied, and directly and contributorily infringed on the whole of Plaintiff’s copyrighted work.” Beiswenger is suing for $1.05 million in damages and up to $5.25 million if it is decided that Ubisoft knowingly used the copyrighted idea/story, and is also looking to halt Assassin’s Creed III’s release and any products related to the game.
Ubisoft has not commented on the situation.