Media Law Prof Blog

Editor: Christine A. Corcos
Louisiana State Univ.

Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Da Vinci Lawsuit Opens in London

The infringement lawsuit over Dan Brown's bestseller The DaVinci Code has begun in London. Authors Michael Baigent and Richard Leigh claim that Brown improperly relied on the research in their book Holy Blood, Holy Grail in writing his novel. Random House published both works, which puts Baigent and Leigh in the odd position of suing their own publishers. Brown is not a defendant in the suit, but plans to testify for Random House. Sony Pictures indicated that it did not plan to delay release of the film, directed by Ron Howard and starring Tom Hanks, and based on Brown's book. Read more here, here, and here.

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