Ubisoft Wants 'Assassin's Creed' Copyright Claims Offed

Law360, New York (June 1, 2012, 12:38 PM EDT) -- Ubisoft Entertainment SA asked a California federal court on Wednesday to kill an author's allegations that the video game maker's popular “Assassin's Creed” infringes a copyrighted novel, saying the writer's claims cover generic aspects of the stories that can't be protected.

France-based Ubisoft filed suit seeking a judgment against claims made by John Beiswenger, who in April filed a separate complaint in Pennsylvania seeking damages of more than $5 million related to allegations that the “Assassin's Creed” game rips off portions of his novel “Link.” Ubisoft says the author's claims are baseless because they focus on general similarities between the game...

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