Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Can you copyright ideas about history?



Two of the authors of Holy Blood, Holy Grail, who probably made a pretty penny off of their book, are suing the author The Da Vinci Code, who has made a J.K. Rowlingesque mountain of money off his.

The grounds? Brown stole their idea that Jesus and Mary Magdelene were married.

Problem is, that in HBHG the authors claimed this was fact, while Brown says it's fiction.

So if Jesus and Mary M. really were married, how can you copyright that fact? Riddle me that!

A nice short summary in the Guardian.

I have to wonder how this ever got into court.

P.S.: A Guardian Special Report includes a bunch of interesting links on the Da Vinci Code phenom.

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