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“The Da Vinci Code” author Dan Brown being sued by Historians for Copyright Infringement

February 27th, 2006

“The Da Vinci Code” author Dan Brown being sued by Historians for Copyright Infringement

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Two historians said that the author, Dan Brown, copied their work in order to write “The Da Vinci Code” and are suing both the author and publisher.

Richard Leigh and Michael Baigent are suing Random House and Dan Brown for copyright infringement.  They authored a 1982 non-fiction book along with Henry Lincoln (who is not participating in the lawsuit) called, “The Holy Blood, and the Holy Grail”.  This was a bestseller in its time.  They claim that “The Da Vinci Code” took the framework of their book to use it to build “The Da Vinci Code” book.  The lawsuit is being held in the UK.  Both sides are not talking at this time in regards to this case.

This is not the first lawsuit against the author and publisher of “The Da Vinci Code”.  Brown won a case against Lewis Perdue this past August who said that elements from two of his novels were incorporated into “The Da Vinci Code”.  The novels are called “Daughter of God”, and “The Da Vinci Legacy.”  Perdue was suing for $150 million in damages and wanted to stop distribution of the book and movie.


“The Da Vinci Code” is a best seller that is soon to be released in May as a full length motion picture starring Tom Hanks.  The “Da Vinci Code” book has over 36 million copies in print at this time.

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