Attorney of Ubisoft-Suing Novelist Responds to Gamers’ Rage
Kelley Keller, the attorney for novelist John Beiswenger who’s suing Ubisoft over allegations that the Assassin’s Creed franchise ripped off his book, has offered statements to Eurogamer in reaction to angry gamers. Apparently, when they learned that Beiswenger’s $5.25 million seeking lawsuit could delay Assassin’s Creed III’s release, they went ahead and review-bombed his self-published book, Link.
As of this writing, the book has ten five star reviews, one four star review, seven three star reviews, five two star reviews, and TWO-HUNDRED ONE STAR REVIEWS. Gee, I wonder where those came from?
Here’s Keller’s response:
“We understand that many gamers are upset about the litigation and potential for delay in the release of the next Assassin’s Creed video game, and as a result of that anger have been posting negative comments on Amazon—and other forums—about our client and his novel Link.
“However, copyright laws exist to protect authors and creators from others who copy or create works that are, under the law, substantially similar; failure to enforce copyright laws renders them meaningless.
“The Amazon ‘bombing,’ storm of negative comments, and threats to our client have no bearing on the appropriateness, merits, or outcome of this suit. They have no material effect on the legal claims.”
Personally, I’m very curious to see how this all shakes out. Will Beiswenger get the smackdown? Will Ubisoft settle out of court, thereby tacitly admitting they’ve swiped this guy’s ideas? WILL NOTCH OFFER TO SETTLE THE THING WITH A GAME OF QUAKE? What’s gonna happen?!