Historians Appeal Da Vinci Plagiarism Verdict
DAN BROWN's bestseller THE DA VINCI CODE is to face the courts again as two historians appeal against the not guilty verdict in the novel's plagiarism case earlier this year (APR06). A judge previously ruled the central themes which the historians said Brown had copied from their 1982 book THE HOLY BLOOD AND THE HOLY GRAIL were "too general" to be protected by copyright law even if they had been reproduced. Publishers Random House, who won the copyright case at the High Court in London, were disappointed at MICHAEL BAIGENT and RICHARD LEIGH's decision to appeal. A spokesman for Random House says, "We have the utmost respect for the British legal system and acknowledge Baigent and Leigh's right to appeal the ruling in the case. We regret, however, that more time and money is being spent trying to establish a case that was so comprehensively defeated in the High Court." According to court officials the appeal could take place later this year (06).