"Da Vinci" Cleared Of Plagiarism Charges

Law360, New York (March 28, 2007, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A United Kingdom appeals court has affirmed that Dan Brown’s blockbuster book “The Da Vinci Code” did not plagiarize the work of two historians, despite some similarities.

In a judgment issued Wednesday, an appeals court in London ruled that although “The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail,” written in 1982 by Michael Baigent and Richard Leigh, shared many themes with “The Da Vinci Code,” its copyright was not infringed.

“What [Brown] took from HBHG amounted to generalized propositions, at too high a level of abstraction to...
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