Lawsuits As Publicity Stunts: The Da Vinci Lawsuits
from the oh-come-on dept
Earlier this month, we wrote about a ridiculous lawsuit in the UK by the author of a non-fiction book, claiming that author Dan Brown somehow "stole" the ideas in their book for his best seller, The Da Vinci Code. That case quickly was thrown out. However, it looks like others are trying the same trick, this time in the US. Another author had filed a $150 million suit in the US claiming the same thing, but it, too, has been thrown out. The judge specifically notes that this is a blatant attempt to cash in on the success of the novel. It's interesting to note the timing on both of these cases. The book has been out for years -- but the paperback just came out and the movie is about to come out. I was in a bookstore last night, and there was a huge display of Da Vinci Code books and related "stuff." It makes you wonder whether or not all these lawsuits are well timed publicity more than anything else. Update: The author involved in the story here has responded himself in our comments with some additional details. Among the details is the fact that Random House sued him, and not the other way around. However, this still makes it feel more like a publicity stunt than anything else.