Da Vinci Code publisher Random House in court
Tuesday, February 28, 2006
and , who jointly wrote together with a third author, a 1982 Non-Fiction book have taken publisher , to court claiming that The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail storyline has been stolen by .
The third author of The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail, is not involved in the case.
Random House is the of publisher of both The Da Vinci Code and The Holy Blood and The Holy Grail.
The central theme of the two books is that the bloodline from a marriage betweenand survives today.
Random House has denied the claim and, Random House chief executive Gail Rebuck says in a statement that she believed the lawsuit was without merit.
"As publisher of both The Da Vinci Code and The Holy Blood and The Holy Grail, we are genuinely saddened that two of the three authors of HBHG have chosen to bring this litigation against us...Random House takes no pleasure in defending a legal action that it believes is without merit and we are confident that we will prevail."
If this case is successful it could threaten the film; starringand from opening.
The Da Vinci Code is a fiction book and has over 36 million copies in print worldwide. The dust jacket for the novel apparently includes longitude and latitude coordinates which lead to theheadquarters near , .
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