Thou Shalt Not Steal/Free Speech

February 27, 2006

Bloglogo5.jpgThe DaVinci Code Thief
Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh, and Henry Lincoln claim that Dan Brown plagiarized The DaVinci Code from their The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail. If they win, it would bar Random House from publishing the book and might prevent the release of the movie adaptation starting Tom Hanks. There is more on the story in the Scotsman.

Google Book Search in the Crapper?
Judge A. Howard matz of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California ruled that Google’s use of thumbnail-sized reproductions violatged the copyright of Perfect 10. Spokespeople for Google and the Authors Guild dispute the significance of the ruling, according to an article by Edward Wyatt for the New York Times.

Talk about Confidence
“I’m not just another writer. I don’t think people understand my relationship with this city, and they don’t understand what I’ve achieved,” Kate Braverman, author of Lithium for Medea, declares in a Los Angeles Times interview.

Free Speech
“A friend of mine took his young daughter to visit the famous City Lights bookstore in San Francisco, explaining to her that the place is important because years ago it sold books no other store would — even, perhaps especially, books whose ideas many people found offensive,” writes Catherine Seipp in an Op-Ed piece for the Los Angeles Times.

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