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    Just in the news this morning, check it out!

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    loved this book! so mind expanding! Hope things go well for the author - I am hoping he wins the case - I am looking forward to the release of the movie!
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    I agree that this is a crazy court case, but for Brown to say:

    But Brown's statement said he did not consult the non-fiction work until after plans for his story were "very well developed. ... All of my early research came from other sources," including more than 300 documents and 39 books, which he submitted as evidence.

    Is a bit far fetched, The Holy Blood is although fanciful the definative work on the subject and some of the quotes uesd in The Davinci Code are lifted "high school" like from The Holy Blood.

    The problem for the court case is they say he copied their ideas not plagurised their text. As they claim there subject matter is the truth they will have a difficult case to prove that someone copied the truth.

    Especially when the truth could be a load of rubbish.

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    Why are the 2 other author all of a sudden bringing this up? The book has been out since 2003. I think they are mad that Dan Brown has had all of this success with his book and it is now becoming a movie.

    I think they should just "shove off"
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    Quote Originally Posted by netsirk
    I think they should just "shove off"
    HAHHA ...I think you're still on your cruise!!



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    yeah, I think this was a dumb move on their part...should have sued earlier if they were going to...3 years later? Dumb...The Da Vinci Code was awesome, I hope the movie will be good.


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    Woohoo........


    Judge Rules in Favor of 'Da Vinci Code' Author

    By Fred Barbash and Kevin Sullivan
    Washington Post Staff Writers
    Friday, April 7, 2006; 9:27 AM

    A British judge today rejected a closely-watched copyright infringement claim against the author and publisher of "The DaVinci Code," who were accused of appropriating the theme of the blockbuster novel from a work of non-fiction.

    The case, highly publicized because the novel is among the all-time best-sellers, also raised concerns among novelists and publishers globally, who feared that a ruling against the novel would stifle the common practice of informing fictional works with the research and writings of non-fictional authors, including scholars.

    The claim in today's case was that author Dan Brown appropriated the central themes of his thriller "The Da Vinci Code" from a 1982 non-fiction book, "The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail."

    Brown and his publisher, Random House, dismissed the claims as "scandalous" and "wild allegations, completely unsupported by facts.

    Brown has publicly acknowledged using "The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail," along with numerous other books, as part of his research in writing his book, but described it as a minor resource. He also said he developed the synopsis for the novel before the plaintiffs even published their work.

    The lawsuit potentially involved millions of dollars in royalties and profits from "The Da Vinci Code," which has sold tens of millions of copies worldwide and has been made into a major Hollywood film, scheduled to open in May, starring Tom Hanks.

    More broadly, publishers and authors worried that a plaintiff victory in the case would cast a cloud over the methodology regularly deployed by writers of fiction who routinely use the non-fiction research of scholars and others in the construction of works of fiction.

    Both "The Da Vinci Code" and "The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail," also published by Random House, center on the idea that Jesus married Mary Magdalene, they had a child together, and the bloodline survives in secret to the present.

    Christian leaders have furiously rejected both books' central themes, and several books have been written to offer counter-arguments to theories advanced in Brown's book.

    Lawyers who specialize in intellectual property law in Britain and hoped that the case could clarify aspects of British copyright law. While it is clearly illegal to plagiarize from copyrighted material, it is less clear how much an author can use research and ideas presented in others' work, they said.

    John Baldwin, the attorney for Random House, argued in court that the book "did not have anything like the importance to Mr. Brown" asserted by authors Richard Leigh and Michael Baigent. The third author of "The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail," Henry Lincoln, is not a party to the lawsuit.

    Their book is mentioned in "The Da Vinci Code." The name of one of Brown's key characters, Sir Leigh Teabing, combines Leigh's name and an anagram of Baigent's.

    In his opening arguments, Jonathan Rayner James -- an attorney for Baigent and Leigh -- said Brown did not copy words from his clients' book but had taken "the idea you are left with when you've read the book."

    James said the case was "not about stultifying creative endeavor" or "seeking a monopoly on creative ideas" or historical facts. He said it was about Brown appropriating the "architecture" and central points of his clients' work.

    Baldwin told the judge during arguments that the story told in "The Da Vinci Code" was markedly different from the earlier book. He said Baigent and Leigh had provided only "vague" arguments about how they believe Brown used the "architecture" of their book.

    In August, Brown prevailed in a similar case filed against him in the United States, when a U.S. District Court judge in New York dismissed claims that he had infringed on the copyrights of two books by Lewis Perdue, "Daughter of God" and "The Da Vinci Legacy."

    In his witness statement, Brown said the claim against him by authors Michael Baigent and Richard Leigh -- that he lifted "the whole architecture" of their nonfiction historical work -- is "absurd" and "completely fanciful."

    He said he incorporated some of their book's ideas into his novel, but he had never heard of it until he already established the major themes of "The Da Vinci Code" from numerous other books and extensive research by himself and his wife, Blythe Brown. He said he still has never read their entire book.
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    Quote Originally Posted by netsirk
    He said he still has never read their entire book.
    Who has?

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    I have the book and have never touched it...lol
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