American author John L. Beiswenger has settled his lawsuit with GameTrailers and has decided to walk away from his lawsuit against Ubisoft "without prejudice." The author filed the lawsuit against Ubisoft and GameTrailers earlier this year claiming that the plotline from the Assassin’s Creed games borrowed liberally from his novel "LINK."
Details on the out-of-court settlement between Beiswenger and GameTrailers were not disclosed, nor were details about why Beiswenger dropped his lawsuit against Ubisoft. The "without prejudice" part of dropping the lawsuit means that Beiswenger can sue Ubisoft at a later date if he so chooses.
Beiswenger's legal representative, Kelley Clements Keller, told Gamasutra that her client still believes that Ubisoft infringed on his work:
"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."
No doubt, Ubisoft is delighted to have this lawsuit out of the way because Assassin’s Creed III will launch later this year around the world.
Source: Gamasutra by way of Andrew Eisen.