"Da Vinci Code" Not A Copycat, Says Publisher

Law360, New York (February 28, 2006, 12:00 AM EST) -- Opening arguments in the high-stakes battle over Dan Brown’s “The Da Vinci Code” began in the United Kingdom this week, pitting the author’s British publishers against historians Michael Baigent and Richard Leigh.

The copyright infringement suit puts millions of dollars and the future of a film adaptation of the blockbuster religious thriller on the line, as well as posing a potential challenge to the traditional interpretation of copyright law dictating how authors use themes of other writers in their own works.

Baigent and Leigh are co-authors...
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