April 9, 2006 in Books

Da Vinci Code Court Case

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My daily commute takes me past the Royal Court of Justice in London. From the exterior, this Victorian gothic building is quite grand and magnificent and so one day soon, I really must take the time to explore.
I bring all of this up, as its where Random House, the publishers of the best selling Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown was tried for copyright infringement. Personally, I’ve though the court case which lasted 3 months to be quite frivolous, and so was glad to hear that the Judge dismissed the case. Furthermore, I agree with Justice Peter Smith when he speculated that the case brought by Michael Baigent and Richard Leigh, co-authors of The Holy Blood and The Holy Grail, might all have been a ploy to simply sell more books. As such, hopefully the combined legal bill approaching nearly £2 million which they are now responsible for paying, will deter these sorts of suits in the future.

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