Thursday, August 10, 2006

DaVinci Code Redux

On April 7th of this year, in a London courtroom, Judge Peter Smith ruled against Michael Baigent and Richard Leigh, two of the three authors of Holy Blood, Holy Grail, who had claimed that Dan Brown stole the "architecture" of their non-fiction book to write his novel The DaVinci Code.

At the time of the judgment, I wrote that the judge was scathing in his ruling. He said, "It would be quite wrong if fictional writers were to have their writings pored over in the way DVC (DaVinci Code) has been pored over in this case by authors of pretend historical books to make an allegation of infringement of copyright."

If you thought that was the end of the matter, you thought wrong.

Baigent and Leigh are appealing the case.

During a preliminary hearing at London's Law Courts this week, Lord Justice Jacob ruled that the two will have three days to appeal the case and that the Court of Appeal judges will have two days of "pre-reading" time.

According to the BBC News, no date has been set for the appeal, but it's expected to be in January.

This is starting to look like the case that just won't die.

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