Ubisoft Seeks Court Declaration that Beiswenger Infringement Claims are ‘Frivolous’ and ‘Without Merit’

June 1, 2012 -

Last week American author John Beiswenger settled his lawsuit against GameTrailers and dropped his lawsuit against Ubisoft "without prejudice." The lawsuit alleged that Ubisoft knowingly used plot points and story mechanics from his novel LINK in their Assassin’s Creed video games. While Beiswenger ended his legal fight, he left the door open to sue Ubisoft at a later date and his lawyer said that he still asserted the claim that Ubisoft had infringed on his work.

This apparently did not sit well with Ubisoft; the company decided that it would file its own suit asking a court to find that Beiswenger's legal maneuvering was "frivolous and without merit."

"The plaintiff in the case alleging copyright infringement by Ubisoft has dropped his claim, without settlement," the company said in a statement to Gamasutra. "Ubisoft believes this suit was frivolous and without merit, and is seeking a ruling to prevent future related claims."

"We are proud of our creative teams and will continue to vigorously defend the intellectual property they develop," the statement continued.

"A declaration is necessary to enable Ubisoft to continue to develop and market creative content under the Assassin's Creed brand free from the cloud that Beiswenger's meritless claims have placed over Ubisoft's right to do so," reads the complaint filed by Ubisoft and obtained by Gamasutra.

Beyond a court decision in its favor, Ubisoft is seeking legal fees and whatever relief the court deems fair. Beiswenger tells Gamasutra that he has not received the complaint from the company. No doubt he soon will.

Source: Gamasutra


Re: Ubisoft Seeks Court Declaration that Beiswenger ...

tbh.. this is one of the few times i'm actually on the big companies side outright..

go Ubi, i may not like your practices of late with games and DRM, but this guy needs a boot in his ass.

Re: Ubisoft Seeks Court Declaration that Beiswenger ...

Nice. To be fair, I haven't actually read the book Link so I can't say with absolute certainty that his claim is frivolous, but considering he was stupid enough to sure gametrailers as well, I'm pretty certain he's just a greedy idiot with no merit behind his lawsuit.

Thus, I would love to have him be barred from suing in the futue, and perhaps suffer some other consequences as well.

Re: Ubisoft Seeks Court Declaration that Beiswenger ...

Even without reading his book it was easy to tell it was all bogus. Everything claimed to be "stolen" from him were things that had been used in stories for ages.


Then there's the issue of him being a reported patent troll made it quite clear this was his attempt at making some money, his books sure as hell weren't selling before the this.

Re: Ubisoft Seeks Court Declaration that Beiswenger ...

In regards to him being a patent troll, I found it somewhat humorous from the beginning that he seemed to be pursuing this copyright case as if it was a patent case. The two things, of course, do not quite work the same lol

Re: Ubisoft Seeks Court Declaration that Beiswenger ...

anyone know whe he added gametrailers to the lawsuit? Gametrailers is owned by spike.

Re: Ubisoft Seeks Court Declaration that Beiswenger ...

I believe his lawsuit stated that he was suing them for showing trailers and previews of the Assassin's Creed series. That is completely insane reasoning, though, but I've never heard any further explanation, and now that he settled with them who knows if I ever will.

Re: Ubisoft Seeks Court Declaration that Beiswenger ...

The fatc is Gametrailers was producing trailers with the Assassin's Creed IP. And Gametrailers settled that lawsuit.

The guy has a case and Ubisoft doesn't need to be defended they need to produce better games, not the same game over and over and over, etc.


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