A lawyer representing the novelist who filed a lawsuit against Ubisoft last month for allegedly infringing on his book "LINK" is defending her client publicly for the first time in this Eurogamer story. The author of the book, John Beiswenger, claims in his lawsuit that Ubisoft violated his copyright in the plot of Assassin's Creed.
Attorney Kelley Keller told Eurogamer that John Beiswenger is legally obliged to protect his copyright and the recent review bombing that occurred on amazon.com against his book will not deter her client.
"We understand that many gamers are upset about the litigation and potential for delay in the release of the next Assassin's Creed video game, and as a result of that anger have been posting negative comments on Amazon – and other forums – about our client and his novel Link," said Keller. "However, copyright laws exist to protect authors and creators from others who copy or create works that are, under the law, substantially similar; failure to enforce copyright laws renders them meaningless."
Keller added that negative reviews on his books and threats of varying degrees will have no bearing on the outcome of this case. When asked why Beiswenger was asking for so much money – $5.25 million in damages Keller said that copyright holders are entitled to statutory damages and that the law is clear on damage amounts. When asked why her client wants to stop AC3 from being released she said it was to stop further infringement of her client’s IP. She also said that she does not believe that the similarities between Link and AC are coincidences. Finally she told Eurogamer that her client was within the time frame to file a lawsuit; he waited five years to do so.
Beiswenger's attorney would not comment on how her client came across the similarities between his book and Ubisoft's game series, nor would she divulge what evidence they have to support the claims in court.
We will continue to follow this story as it develops.
Source: Eurogamer. Thanks to Andrew Eisen for the tip.