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Author suing Ubisoft Over Assassin's Creed's Animus

Unread postby News Portal » 19 Apr 12, 1:08 pm

If you take a look at his experience, John Beiswenger seems like a pretty switched on kind of guy. His name is on patents for everything from indicators on trailers to early warning systems against bioterrorism. So it seems strange that he can't see that suing Ubisoft is just a bad idea. Arguing that the Animus system from Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed franchise was his idea, Beiswenger has demanded upwards of $1,000,000 from the company. That might sound like chump change for a company like Ubisoft, but he also wants to stop the release of Assassin's Creed 3 and all books, videos and works related to it. This reporter is greatly looking forward to Ubisoft's response.

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Re: Author suing Ubisoft Over Assassin's Creed's Animus

Unread postby MaddMoose » 19 Apr 12, 1:14 pm

What is Animus?
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Re: Author suing Ubisoft Over Assassin's Creed's Animus

Unread postby Tera » 19 Apr 12, 1:24 pm

MaddMoose wrote:What is Animus?


A machine that reads your DNA to relive the experiences of your ancestors..

.. I think.
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Re: Author suing Ubisoft Over Assassin's Creed's Animus

Unread postby wyver » 19 Apr 12, 1:33 pm

thats correct... also if he wanted to sue them he should of sued them back in 2007
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Re: Author suing Ubisoft Over Assassin's Creed's Animus

Unread postby Submariner » 19 Apr 12, 2:32 pm

wyver wrote:thats correct... also if he wanted to sue them he should of sued them back in 2007

They have lots of money now from the franchise and he has drooling lawyers.
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Re: Author suing Ubisoft Over Assassin's Creed's Animus

Unread postby dinofreak » 19 Apr 12, 2:50 pm

I'm thinking I should have a career change and become a patent troll.
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Re: Author suing Ubisoft Over Assassin's Creed's Animus

Unread postby Joshsux » 19 Apr 12, 3:08 pm

Awesome, I hated the Assassins Creed series anyway, Hope he wins for the mega trollolol and anger it'll cause with people on here wanting the precious little game! ahaha
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Re: Author suing Ubisoft Over Assassin's Creed's Animus

Unread postby GroggDogg » 19 Apr 12, 3:09 pm

what a ****
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Re: Author suing Ubisoft Over Assassin's Creed's Animus

Unread postby elfalot » 19 Apr 12, 3:11 pm

While I don't want him to be stomped by Ubi, I would like him to be backhanded and told to wake up to himself (tho if he does actually mess up assassins creed then I'll be pi$$ed :evil: )

Anyway how can you own a patent on something like the animus (AFAIK there is no iota of proof that DNA holds actual memories like in AC)


EDIT : Damn, read the parts about patents and forgot about him being an author, I misunderstood the problem completely. :oops:
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Re: Author suing Ubisoft Over Assassin's Creed's Animus

Unread postby Nekosan » 19 Apr 12, 3:16 pm

Isn't his patent invalid unless he can prove that it actually works (which it doesn't), you can't just make up imaginary inventions and patent them to later sue anyone who thinks of a similar imaginary idea.
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Re: Author suing Ubisoft Over Assassin's Creed's Animus

Unread postby Lumen Melano » 19 Apr 12, 3:21 pm

What are you guys talking about? He hasn't patented an animus (or animus-like device). He is simply suing them for copyright infringement on a novel he released in 2002 that deals with a machine that allows the user to relive the memories of their ancestors.

http://www.johnbeiswenger.com/author/link.htm

Even still his prospects are pretty low. I imagine he is just hoping for an easy settlement for some quick cash.
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Re: Author suing Ubisoft Over Assassin's Creed's Animus

Unread postby Freeride » 19 Apr 12, 3:24 pm

Joshsux wrote:Awesome, I hated the Assassins Creed series anyway, Hope he wins for the mega trollolol and anger it'll cause with people on here wanting the precious little game! ahaha


You hated it? So that must mean you like it now right? Seeing the Assassins creed series is ongoing and you only hated it that must mean that you stopped being a douche somewhere along the track and realised its quite a good series.
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Re: Author suing Ubisoft Over Assassin's Creed's Animus

Unread postby Marius » 19 Apr 12, 3:45 pm

Funny.

Also, this slots quite nicely into next week's legal article, which will look at this type of issue. Everything's coming up Milhouse.
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Re: Author suing Ubisoft Over Assassin's Creed's Animus

Unread postby Otto-matic » 19 Apr 12, 3:51 pm

Marius wrote:Everything's coming up Milhouse.

The lawsuit papers from Fox are in the post :D
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