The book was written in 2002. It was released in print, limited run, in Jan 2003. http://www.abebooks.com/servlet/BookDetailsPL?bi=7359234959&searchurl=an%3DJohn%2BBeiswenger%26sts%3Dt%26tn%3DLink%26x%3D76%26y%3D10
I find it extremely hard to believe that, with as much hype as the AC series has received, he’d never heard of it.
The similarities are flimsy. A battle of good versus evil? Mentioning God, Jesus, Forbidden Fruit and Eden? LOTS of books do that. LOTS of books written prior to 2002.
I bet if someone was really tenacious enough, they could find books written well before 2002 that have the same premise of some sort of scientific breakthrough/discovery of a device that allows you to access an ancestor’s memories, or relive a past life.
Does that mean those authors should sue this guy for copyright infringments? No, of course not. that’s as silly as this.
As far as the complaint of using ‘specific and exact words’- you CANNOT copyright exact words. Period.
This would be akin to the descendants of Vladimr Bartol sueing Ubisoft for using his book, Alamut, as the basis of the story in the first game.
As far as comparing LInk to Total REcall- not the same thing. In Total REcall, they remove EXISTING memories and you have to recover them. Not relive an ancestor’s memories.
This would be something along the lines of George Lucas sueing Joss Whedon because Firefly is set in space, in the future, has a fringe element, has a corrupt government, etc, similar to Star Wars.
Similar, but no where near copyright infringing.