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"Da Vinci Code" Wins in Court

By News Editor     March 29, 2007
Source: AP


THE DA VINCI CODE by Dan Brown
© Doubleday
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.

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wessmith1966 3/29/2007 7:59:28 AM
Baigent and Leigh may have lost the case, but they're probably raking in the royalties because sales of "Holy Blood, Holy Grail" have shot up quite a bit since DaVinci became such a phenom and brought them back into the spotlight.
isgrimner 3/29/2007 9:12:33 AM
Garth Ennis published similar ideas before Dan Brown too, in Preacher. I enjoyed Preacher much much more.
snallygaster 3/29/2007 9:23:10 AM
"Holy Blood, Holy Grail" has enjoyed renewed success thanks to the popularity of "The Davinci Code," but I'm not so certain that the extra royalties cover that $6M. Authors average about 10% royalty on the cover price of the books sold. According to Wikipedia, as of last year, HBHG has sold 2 million copies since its relase in 1982. I'm not sure how many copies of those have been post-Davinci "boost" but I doubt that those royalties alone would cover those lawyer's fees. As usual, the lawyers are the real winner in this lawsuit.
muchdrama1 3/29/2007 3:49:35 PM
I'm quite sure Dan Brown can deal with $6 million dollar legal bills.
snallygaster 3/29/2007 8:00:27 PM
You're right, no doubt Brown and his publisher can afford that. But according to other articles I've read about this case, it is Baigent and Leigh who racked up nearly $6M in legal bills. I don't think their pockets are nearly as deep. http://www.imdb.com/news/wenn/2007-03-29/
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