Monday, February 27, 2006

Da Vinci Code copyright theft?

The BBC is reporting on the weird case where two authors, Michael Baigent and Richard Leigh, are suing their publisher Random House over the publication of Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code because it featured the same "idea" as their own book, also published by Random House.

It doesn't appear they're suing their publisher because Brown's book directly plagiarises their own, instead they're suing because publication of the book which explores similar ideas constitutes "theft of intellectual property".

Huh? I don't understand this one at all, you now can't publish a book which explores the same ideas as someone else? The world has officially gone mad...