Historians Appeal Da Vinci Code Ruling

Law360, New York (January 16, 2007, 12:00 AM EST) -- Two historians who claim the 2003 blockbuster novel the Da Vinci Code plagiarized their work have appealed a lower court ruling that dismissed their allegations.

The U.K. Court of Appeal on Tuesday heard arguments from the lawyers of Michael Baigent and Richard Leigh, who claim that Da Vinci Code author Dan Brown plagiarized their 1982 nonfiction novel the Holy Blood and the Holy Grail.

The plaintiffs originally filed a $24 million lawsuit against Random House, the parent of Da Vinci Code publisher Doubleday, in October 2005....
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