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Suspense Ends In “Da Vinci Code” Copyright Battle

Law360 (April 7, 2006, 12:00 AM EDT) -- The high-stakes battle over Dan Brown’s “The Da Vinci Code” has come to an end in the United Kingdom this week, with a High Court judge tossing a copyright infringement suit brought by historians Michael Baigent and Richard Leigh against the author’s British publishers.

But while the case put millions of dollars and the future of a film adaptation of the blockbuster religious thriller on the line, industry experts say the verdict is just what they expected.

Co-authors Baigent and Leigh had sought $24 million from...
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