Author Concedes Major Point In “Da Vinci Code” Trial

Law360, New York (March 9, 2006, 12:00 AM EST) -- One of the authors who claims that the best-selling thriller “The Da Vinci Code” ripped off themes and ideas from his material was forced to admit in court on Thursday that there are significant differences between his book and Dan Brown’s blockbuster novel.

Historians Richard Leigh and Michael Baigent have brought a lawsuit against Random House, contending that “The Da Vinci Code” infringes on their nonfiction copyrighted book, “The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail,” published in 1982.

According to court documents, the two authors argue...
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