"Da Vinci Code" Goes to Court

by | February 28, 2006 | Comments

So it seems a pair of authors are convinced that author Dan Brown stole his "Da Vinci Code" framework from their 1982 non-fiction book "Holy Blood, Holy Grail," and it seems like plaintiffs Michael Baigent & Richard Leigh make a pretty good argument.

From Variety: ""The Da Vinci Code" author Dan Brown was in London’s High Court on Monday to fight allegations from historians Michael Baigent and Richard Leigh that he stole "the whole architecture" of their research for his bestseller.

The copyright infringement action against Brown and his British publisher Random House, seeks $150 million in damages and injunctive relief blocking further distribution of the best-selling book and the movie adaptation starring Tom Hanks and Ian McKellen, which is due out May 19. Injunctions are rarely granted.

In 1982, the disgruntled duo penned the nonfiction book "Holy Blood, Holy Grail," which examined the theory that Jesus married Mary Magdalene and had a child and that the Catholic church has been trying to suppress the bloodline ever since.

Brown’s book fictionalizes that theory and includes a character named Sir Leigh Teabing, a not-so-subtle anagram of Leigh and Baigent."

Check out the full story by way of this AP/Yahoo news piece.

Expect a big cash settlement sometime soon, especially with the movie just around the corner.

Tag Cloud

2018 CNN police drama Cannes Lucasfilm Paramount Network disaster PBS canceled twilight TV Land Biopics YA Hear Us Out animated Avengers Lionsgate VICE Arrowverse VH1 Super Bowl Disney Channel cartoon directors mutant jamie lee curtis boxoffice Countdown DC Comics Columbia Pictures TV cancelled movie biography game of thrones MSNBC Sneak Peek psycho comiccon reboot a nightmare on elm street WGN theme song Teen SundanceTV stand-up comedy Emmy Nominations rotten movies we love films ESPN serial killer Travel Channel Opinion blockbuster finale harry potter Toys teaser technology Nickelodeon Holidays CBS All Access Quiz werewolf doctor who GIFs Disney streaming service streaming miniseries FOX NBC Cosplay Holiday Pixar Schedule nature VOD spanish language mission: impossible First Look news OWN USA Network elevated horror Action Comic Book cancelled TV series Reality facebook Showtime The Arrangement Crackle Marvel Television Tarantino latino Song of Ice and Fire movies IFC Films Shudder cults DC Universe Music Elton John PaleyFest Shondaland The CW TIFF richard e. Grant die hard TV renewals Fall TV foreign Christmas green book 45 spinoff aliens Masterpiece Comedy IFC Sundance Now cinemax TCA Awards quibi Oscars cops DGA Sony Pictures Amazon TruTV Discovery Channel 24 frames TBS LGBTQ Baby Yoda Reality Competition FX on Hulu dark Netflix Christmas movies dogs MTV Kids & Family versus Extras 20th Century Fox Pet Sematary 007 TLC Apple Chernobyl comedies 4/20 Red Carpet independent Freeform Year in Review TCA 2017 Lifetime Black Mirror Star Trek medical drama DC streaming service 2015 Apple TV Plus christmas movies Drama romance anthology Tomatazos ABC Family First Reviews Pop Comics on TV Heroines Film LGBT FXX Endgame Sci-Fi true crime See It Skip It National Geographic BBC stoner spider-man crime thriller what to watch dc south america CW Seed franchise adaptation Pride Month batman cancelled television hist crime drama HBO PlayStation ABC zombie Warner Bros. space satire Mary poppins Mary Poppins Returns DirecTV Infographic romantic comedy binge APB comics ITV San Diego Comic-Con Ovation New York Comic Con spy thriller Interview sitcom Rom-Com Dark Horse Comics Trophy Talk ghosts GoT Amazon Studios video on demand Academy Awards TNT asian-american Mindy Kaling dramedy BBC One Musicals YouTube witnail slashers anime Crunchyroll Nominations Mystery sag awards 2019 toy story A&E Trivia Thanksgiving Peacock Amazon Prime The Purge GLAAD Star Wars Musical Adult Swim casting Box Office Winter TV Comedy Central Country Emmys Character Guide revenge Marvel Studios USA Rocketman Sundance Ghostbusters scary movies Turner Classic Movies Photos talk show HBO Max Pop TV Starz BAFTA Universal RT History screenings CMT Disney SXSW Stephen King President festivals Superheroes Spectrum Originals Funimation CBS Binge Guide Spike based on movie dragons robots Summer all-time critics BBC America Esquire screen actors guild Certified Fresh universal monsters Rock BET Rocky Walt Disney Pictures X-Men Paramount Grammys dceu golden globes historical drama Set visit SDCC Pirates OneApp Vudu spain comic The Walking Dead composers Ellie Kemper tv talk best renewed TV shows MCU politics ratings science fiction Classic Film History Apple TV+ justice league singing competition sequel child's play parents Netflix Captain marvel docudrama Winners reviews WarnerMedia Television Critics Association mockumentary canceled TV shows 2017 El Rey Black History Month criterion YouTube Premium crossover cats Mary Tyler Moore documentaries Video Games Hulu Awards Tour vampires Television Academy Chilling Adventures of Sabrina 71st Emmy Awards political drama Acorn TV Syfy crime adventure Fantasy Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt documentary indie Disney Plus Amazon Prime Video children's TV cancelled TV shows Podcast Mudbound Calendar Brie Larson game show thriller series breaking bad Cartoon Network Anna Paquin book strong female leads Epix TCA American Society of Cinematographers Trailer zombies YouTube Red sports Spring TV Marvel Hallmark Christmas movies 2020 award winner cars Valentine's Day Women's History Month Premiere Dates Sundance TV Horror supernatural Martial Arts diversity period drama Disney+ Disney Plus E! television Hallmark A24 HBO Go E3 indiana jones Writers Guild of America Animation psychological thriller war RT21 Tubi kids blaxploitation BET Awards Family Britbox joker Turner Bravo halloween Fox News Superheroe TCM FX Marathons concert Election Polls and Games The Witch hispanic NYCC free movies video name the review Western AMC transformers Film Festival social media Creative Arts Emmys Lifetime Christmas movies Nat Geo Awards Best and Worst cooking unscripted discovery Watching Series TCA Winter 2020 21st Century Fox natural history travel chucky Logo Tumblr Food Network zero dark thirty 2016