Ubisoft files complaint against Beiswenger over “entirely meritless” Assassin’s Creed lawsuit

By Stephany Nunneley
31 May 2012 16:52 GMT

Ubisoft has filed a complaint with the courts against Link author John Beiswenger for filing his “entirely meritless” copyright infringement lawsuit against the firm, despite Beiswenger dropping the lawsuit.

Ubisoft told Gamasutra it seeks a declaration of rights that Assassin’s Creed “does not infringe on the author’s alleged copyright.”

“The plaintiff in the case alleging copyright infringement by Ubisoft has dropped his claim, without settlement,” the company said in a statement. “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.”

In the complaint, Ubisoft states Beiswenger’s claims were filed on “patently non-copyrightable elements,” and the firm has filed in order to ensure continued development and to “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.”

The firm is seeking to recoup costs and expenses incurred as part of the lawsuit.

Yesterday it was revealed Beiswenger had dropped his lawsuit against Ubisoft “without prejudice,” meaning he could file a claim against the firm for the same complaint in the future.

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