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Da Vinci wrinkle

Posted at 4:34 PM on February 27, 2006 by Euan Kerr

The British press over the weekend was salivating over the possibility that "The Da Vinci Code" movie might be stalled by a plagiarism lawsuit. Basically a pair of academics, Michael Baigent and Richard Leigh, are claiming Dan Brown lifted their "architecture of research" from their book "The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail."

What makes this doubly interesting is that Baigent and Leigh are suing Random House, which is actually their publisher too.

The publishing world is more than a little nervous because the concept of "architecture of research" is squishy at best and at worst almost impossible to define. And with all those dollars hanging over the box office like a frozen tsunami, at least for the Ron Howard film, it's likely the film industry is a little nervous too.

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