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Assassin's Creed infringement case dropped

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The American author who sued Ubisoft and Gametrailers for copyright infringement has dismissed his charges against the publisher and settled with Gametrailers out of court. John L. Beiswenger took legal action against Ubisoft in April claiming that the Assassin's Creed series borrows ideas from his 2002 novel, Link. He also sued Gametrailers for its online videos relating to Assassin's Creed.

The American author who sued Ubisoft and Gametrailers for copyright infringement has dismissed his charges against the publisher and settled with Gametrailers out of court.

John L. Beiswenger took legal action against Ubisoft in April claiming that the Assassin's Creed series borrows ideas from his 2002 novel, Link. He also sued Gametrailers for its online videos relating to Assassin's Creed.

Beiswenger alleged that the storyline of Assassin's Creed bore many similarities to his 2002 novel. He brought 11 counts of copyright infringement against Ubisoft and Gametrailers.

Today it was revealed that Beiswenger settled with Gametrailers out of court and dismissed his charges against Ubisoft, noting that he has chosen to focus his financial resources on some "unrelated business matters".

By dismissing the charges without prejudice, Beiswenger can preserve his claims against Ubisoft if he chooses to return to court.

Beiswenger's legal representative said that his decision to dismiss the charges in no way diminishes his conviction in his claims against Ubisoft.

"He is unwavering in his belief that many key components of theAssassin's Creed video game franchise infringe on many key components of his novel, Link," his legal representative, Kelley Clements said.