Man alleges Ubsioft copied Assassin’s Creed from his book

By on April 18, 2012

‘Link’ author sues Ubisoft for infringing on his copyrights.

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John Beiswenger thinks Ubisoft has “directly” copied the concept of Animus from his 2003 sci-fi novel, Link.

Animus is a system used in Assassin’s Creed that allows protagonist Desmond to access ancestral memories. Beiswenger believes the idea was lifted directly from his book and has infringed a number of his copyrights. He has decided to sue the publisher, according to a case file registered on April 17, 2012.

It’s a bit of pickle for Ubisoft, and this would be an interesting case if it goes through. Art is inspired in almost all cases. Video games is a creative business, and creativity is not limited to a single individual. Regardless, even if Ubsift did indeed base the Animus on Beiswenger’s “bio-synchronizer”, could they be sued for using an idea?


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