A Pennsylvania man is suing the maker of the popular “Assassin’s Creed” video game series for copyright infringement and asking a federal court to stop the release of its new installment.
John Beiswenger of Strasburg filed the lawsuit last week alleging that the video game series is substantially similar to “Link,” a novel he published in 2003, The Carlisle Sentinel reported. Beiswenger is seeking up to $5.25 million in damages.
A spokesman for “Assassin’s Creed” maker Ubisoft Entertainment said Monday that the company doesn’t comment on ongoing litigation.
Beiswenger only recently watched the video game after someone told him the games were using the same idea as his book.
“My initial reaction was, ‘Hey, that’s neat, they liked the book,”‘ Beiswenger told the newspaper. “But then when I found out how much they liked it and what the game was like, it didn’t relate to the book at all. I felt damaged at that point.”
“Assassin’s Creed III”, the fifth installment of the series, was scheduled for release later this year. Ubisoft Entertainment is headquartered in France, with a subsidiary office in San Francisco.
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