Shocker: Nothing Wrong With Doing A Bit Of Historical Research For A Novel
from the congrats-on-the-publicity dept
Back in February, there was a story about two publicity seeking authors who sued Dan Brown, author of The Da Vinci Code for the horrible crime of doing some research for his novel. The pair of authors who were suing had written what was supposedly a non-fiction book (though, the work has been pretty thoroughly debunked), from which Brown took the basis of his plot for the fiction novel. For some reason, they thought this entitled them to payment. If they were really claiming their book was non-fiction, then this is problematic, because you can't copyright "facts." However, it became pretty clear that this was all just a publicity stunt for their book (whose sales have shot way up since the association between the two books was publicized). Either way, it appears that the judge in the case has recognized how pointless this all is and has thrown out the case. Of course, the timing of the case coming so close to the release of the movie based on the novel seems to add weight to the idea it was all a publicity stunt. Nice to know that the court systems are wasting plenty of time and taxpayer money to help boost book sales.