Intellectual theft?

Well, it’s about time. I guess they were waiting until it was worth the effort:

A claim that Dan Brown’s bestselling novel The Da Vinci Code copied the ideas of two other authors has gone before London’s High Court.

Michael Baigent and Richard Leigh say Mr Brown stole “the whole architecture” of research that went into their 1982 book The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail.

I think a collective “No shit!” is in order. However, I don’t know if here in the U.S. fiction authors can really be sued for taking nonfiction theories and fictionalizing them. That seems odd, doesn’t it? I mean, could I be sued by Earl Doherty or Robert Price for writing a novel about the idea that Jesus never existed? And if Dan Brown is successfully sued, that leaves open the film industry, who is just about to release the movie, doesn’t it?

Maybe Dan Brown’s intellectual laziness is coming home to rest.

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