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The Da Vinci Code’ taken to High Court

By Sarah Lyall
Opening arguments began Monday in a case that sets the megaselling author Dan Brown against the authors of a nonfiction book who claim that he stole their ideas in writing “The Da Vinci Code.”Jonathan Rayner James, the lawyer for the aggrieved authors, Michael Baigent and Richard Leigh, said that Brown had “appropriated” the “architecture” and central argument of their book, “The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail” (1982), in “The Da Vinci Code,” published in 2003. Speaking before a packed courtroom in London’s High Court, Rayner James added that the case was not about “stultifying creative endeavor” or “seeking a monopoly on historical ideas,” but rather about applying existing law to determine whether Brown’s book had violated his clients’ copyright.

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