Publishers' lawyer defends 'Da Vinci' author
Updated Tue. Feb. 28 2006 10:45 AM ET
The ideas in a novel which two writers claim were stolen by the author of The Da Vinci Code were so general that they are not protected by copyright, a lawyer for the publisher argued Tuesday in court.
Michael Baigent and Richard Leigh, the authors of The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail, accuse Dan Brown of stealing the whole "architecture" and central argument of their 1982 non-fiction book.
In a strange twist, both books are published in Britain by Random House, which means Baigent and Leigh have filed a breach of copyright lawsuit against their own publisher.
The publisher's lawyer, John Baldwin, argued in court that Baigent and Leigh are trying to monopolize ideas "at such a high level of generality that they are not protected by copyright."
Interesting high profile book and copyright case.. I doubt if there's much validity in this claim, but I'll have to see what the court rules.. the in text citation of the book shows clearly that Dan Brown was not hiding his use of the work as a research text, and actually was demonstrating his knowledge of it in the published text.. the movie version coming out soon should be good, looking forward to seeing it...