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And on to the ridiculous. Create your own Dan Brown Novel! Looks about right... My thanks to caprine.

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eric_hinkle
Mar. 27th, 2006 11:56 pm (UTC)
Not a Dan Brown fan, eh?

BTW, dd you hear about him getting sued by the authors of Holy Blood, Holy Grail for plagiarism?
kayshapero
Mar. 29th, 2006 05:58 am (UTC)
Hey, at least I managed to finish The DaVinci Code. Wasn't overly impressed, I must admit. But then, with that much hype the Second Coming would seem overrated. I've looked at some of his other works, but have felt no particular interest in reading them.

BTW, dd you hear about him getting sued by the authors of Holy Blood, Holy Grail for plagiarism?

I suspect that news has made it to the Oort Cloud by this time. :) Thing is, you cannot copyright an idea, merely an expression of that idea. Since I rather doubt he used extensive excerpts from their book, but merely wrote a mystery/adventure novel based on the idea, I wouldn't think they'd have much of a case. The suit works as a publicity stunt, but you'd think it would cost more than they can expect to clear from enhanced sales of their own book. Jealousy? Just goes to show, I guess, that if you've got a dubious but titilating theory, you'll get better sales if you make a thriller about it than if you issue it as non-fiction.
eric_hinkle
Mar. 29th, 2006 04:07 pm (UTC)
Myself, I fail to understand how the authors of HB, HG can claim a copyright on what they state is historical information. Not that it really is, but how can you copyright history?
kayshapero
Apr. 1st, 2006 06:31 am (UTC)
This is why I figure this is some sort of nuisance or publicity suit - data is data regardless of accuracy or lack thereof and not copyrightable. This is why mapmakers sometimes add tiny nonexistant streets to a page so that if someone steals the image they can prove where it came from. They may delete them too - I recall one year a local two-block street did not show up in the Thomas Guide. Which proved rather a nuisance since I was looking for an elementary school therein. Fortunately I found it anyway.

Could be they never meant it to get this far, but their target refused to settle.
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