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Assassin's Creed copyright lawsuit dropped

Novelist dismisses charges against Ubisoft, but retains the right to reopen the case

Research engineer and sci-fi author John Beiswenger has dropped an Assassin's Creed copyright infringement lawsuit brought against Ubisoft.

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It emerged last month that Beiswenger was suing the French publisher for allegedly ripping off his 2002 novel Link, which explores the idea of ancestors' memories being "accessed, recalled, relived and re-experienced" using a special device called the "Bio-synchronizer".

But the novelist has now dismissed his charges against Ubisoft without prejudice to focus his financial resources on other "unrelated business matters".

According to Gamasutra, the move means the case has reached a conclusion, but enables Beiswenger to preserve his claims against Ubisoft if he chooses to take up the matter again at a later date.

Kelley Clements Keller, Beiswenger's legal representative, said, "My client's decision to exercise his right to voluntarily dismiss the action, without prejudice, in no way diminishes his stalwart conviction in the merit of his claims against Ubisoft. He is unwavering in his belief that many key components of the Assassin's Creed video game franchise infringe on many key components of his novel, Link."

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