Yes, as =] so succinctly put it:
Dan Brown 1, Baigent and Leigh 0
Across the Atlantic though, Lewis Purdue is fighting on, and I wish him luck.
The judge ruled that novelists "remain free to draw in ideas and historical research". I'm glad of that, though I do not feel like popping the cork of a bottle of champagne to celebrate Brown's victory. We know he took the easy way out, swiped fascinating material and churned out (and this is really what can't forgive him for) a third-rate novel that all the marginal readers of the world applaud as if it were in itself some kind of holy grail.
And he didn't even do his own research as it turns out ... it was his wife who downloaded stuff from the internet for him (often without the sources being clearly noted).
Don't know about you but I have no respect for writers who don't get their own hands dirty with digging up the facts ...
Holy Plagiarised Madonnas (1/3/06)