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2006-04-07 08:19:34

LONDON (Reuters) - The publishers of "The Da Vinci Code," the blockbuster novel by U.S. author Dan Brown, won their UK court case on Friday over accusations of plagiarism. A judge at the High Court in London rejected allegations by two historians that Brown had stolen ideas from their book "The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail." The historians, Michael Baigent and Richard Leigh, had brought the case against Brown's British publisher Random House. Judge Peter Smith gave his verdict at...

2006-04-07 09:58:29

By Gideon Long LONDON (Reuters) - Best-selling author Dan Brown was vindicated on Friday in a British court battle with two historians who accused him of plagiarizing their book in order to write "The Da Vinci Code." A judge at the High Court in London said that while Brown may have copied bits of the 1982 book "The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail," that did not amount to a breach of copyright. "Even if the central themes were copied, they are too general or of too low a level of...

2006-04-07 08:30:57

By Gideon Long LONDON (Reuters) - The publishers of "The Da Vinci Code," the blockbuster novel by -Aauthor Dan Brown, won their UK court case on Friday over accusations of plagiarism. A judge at the High Court in London rejected allegations by two historians that Brown had stolen ideas from their book "The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail." The historians, Michael Baigent and Richard Leigh, had brought the case against Brown's British publisher Random House. Judge Peter Smith gave his...

2006-04-07 08:28:51

By Gideon Long LONDON (Reuters) - The publishers of "The Da Vinci Code," the blockbuster novel by -Aauthor Dan Brown, won their UK court case on Friday over accusations of plagiarism. A judge at the High Court in London rejected allegations by two historians that Brown had stolen ideas from their book "The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail." The historians, Michael Baigent and Richard Leigh, had brought the case against Brown's British publisher Random House. Judge Peter Smith gave his...

2006-04-06 18:12:34

LONDON (Reuters) - A British judge is expected to deliver his verdict on Friday on whether U.S. author Dan Brown plagiarized the work of two historians in his blockbuster novel "The Da Vinci Code." During three week of hearings last month, London's High Court heard the book used some of the same ideas as "The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail" (HBHG), a 1982 work of historical conjecture by Michael Baigent and Richard Leigh. The Da Vinci Code is one of the most successful novels of all...

2006-03-28 11:14:24

By Claudia Parsons NEW YORK (Reuters) - A wave of religious books is coming to bookstores to cash in on "The Da Vinci Code" movie in May, including a book saying Jesus survived crucifixion and an Evangelical novel with a modern-day Mary Magdalene heroine. Americans are finally able to buy Dan Brown's best seller in paperback on Tuesday, three years after it was first published, and with "Da Vinci Code" fever as strong as ever, it's never been so profitable to write about...

2006-03-28 11:05:00

By Claudia Parsons NEW YORK -- A wave of religious books is coming to bookstores to cash in on "The Da Vinci Code" movie in May, including a book saying Jesus survived crucifixion and an Evangelical novel with a modern-day Mary Magdalene heroine. Americans are finally able to buy Dan Brown's best seller in paperback on Tuesday, three years after it was first published, and with "Da Vinci Code" fever as strong as ever, it's never been so profitable to write about Christianity. After Brown's...

2006-03-20 13:54:28

By Mike Collett-White LONDON (Reuters) - The copyright case brought by two historians who accuse Dan Brown of plagiarizing their work in "The Da Vinci Code" ended on Monday, and the presiding judge said he hoped to give a ruling by early April. Lasting more than three weeks, the closely watched hearings featured a tetchy Brown in the witness box, debate about the Merovingian monarchy, the Knights Templar and Jesus' bloodline, and revelations about the media-shy author and his wife...

2006-03-20 08:21:13

By Mike Collett-White LONDON (Reuters) - The copyright case against the publishers of "The Da Vinci Code" reached its final chapter on Monday, with lawyers for the claimants renewing accusations that millionaire author Dan Brown stole their ideas. The Da Vinci Code, one of the most successful novels of all time with sales of over 40 million copies, shares some of the same ideas as "The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail," a 1982 work of historical conjecture by Michael Baigent and Richard...

2006-03-19 06:38:17

By Mike Collett-White LONDON (Reuters) - A court case in which two historians accuse Dan Brown of copying their work in his novel "The Da Vinci Code" is due to finish on Monday, ending one of the most closely watched copyright claims of recent years. Michael Baigent and Richard Leigh wrote "The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail," a work of historical conjecture published in 1982, which shares some of the same themes as Brown's best-selling religious thriller. They are suing Brown's...


Word of the Day
endocarp
  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
This word comes from the Greek 'endon,' in, within, plus the Greek 'kardia,' heart.
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