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Friday, April 07, 2006 10:05 AM
A Win for Authors
Kevin Salwen on Culture

The judge in the Da Vinci Code case in London just ruled that Random House did not plagiarize the nonfiction The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail, as its authors claimed. (They did not sue Dan Brown, only the publisher.)

This is a major win for lovers of literature. Forget the Da Vinci Code: this case could have significantly changed the way novelists research or create their books, given that the nonfiction book's authors were contending that Brown captured the "architecture" of their supposedly fact-based theory (in this case that Jesus and Mary Magdelene married and had children). So many novels begin with historical fact that this could have had a major chilling effect.

The authors of Holy Blood seemed to be out for publicity in this case. Fortunately, a judge didn't give them more than that.


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