Sunday, May 21, 2006

DVC Infringement

I don't know what will become of this case but for readers here who may not visit Lew Perdue's sites this is the headline of the takings by Dan Brown.

The Da Vinci Legacy (Perdue, 1983) The Da Vinci Code (Brown, 2003)

1. A Da Vinci scholar is killed. 1. An art curator and senechaux of the Priory of Sion is killed.

2. He is the fourth of his type to be killed. 2. He is the fourth of his type to be killed.
3. Before he dies, he leaves a last message, 3. Before he dies, he leaves a last message,
4. written in his own blood, 4. written in his own blood,
5. on his own body. 5. on his own body.
6. This occurs on page 35. 6. This occurs on page 35.

Expert Analysis Of Plagiarism Evidence In The Da Vinci Code

Update: Lewis Perdue informs me his publisher TOR formally known as Tom Doherty and associates has dumped him under pressure from Random House Dan Brown's publisher. I wonder what Teresa and Patrick Neilsen Hayden have to say about this? Not that editors have any say in the matter I suppose.


Blogger The Late Mitchell Warren said...

Wouldn't surprise me one bit.

Someone once told me that anyone who's extremely wealthy, couldn't have made a completely honest living.

I don't think it's true in every case; but in a case like this where there is recurring evidence, then yeah, I'm more inclined to believe it.

Between Brown and James Frey, it's disturbing to think of what non-celebrity writers have to do to get a book published.

6:54 PM  
Blogger Mark said...

Is certainly is. Lew is Perdue told me today he no longer has a publisher. And he had a hard cover out last summer.

7:36 PM  
Blogger TNH said...

Are you kidding? I have no business commenting on that, none at all. I'll admit I'm curious to know what kind of pressure LP imagines Random House might bring to bear on Tom Doherty, but that's as far as it goes.

4:17 AM  
Blogger Mark said...

I'm not surprised Teresa because when the company speaks the employee obeys or just stays quiet, just like in any business or you're fired. Kind of like Lew's situation. Sounds like the pressure is real to me.

I took you for more of a rebel than that.

8:02 AM  

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