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"Da Vinci Code" Wins in Court
By News Editor
March 29, 2007
THE DA VINCI CODE by Dan Brown
Britain’s Court of Appeal rejected a lawsuit against novelist Dan Brown by two authors who claimed he stole their ideas for the novel “The Da Vinci Code.”
Michael Baigent and Richard Leigh claimed Brown had taken material from their nonfiction book “The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail.”
One of the judges said "copyright protects an author’s labor in researching and writing a book, but doesn’t extend to facts, theories and themes."
Though Brown (and the publisher) effectively won, the author still faces legal bills of about $6 million. The book has sold nearly 40 million copies since its release.