The authors of Holy Blood, Holy Grail, a non-fiction book from 1984 that suggests "Jesus may not have died on the cross, but lived to marry and father children whose bloodline continues today," have hit Dan Brown with a plagiarism suit over The Da Vinci Code code. Needless to say, the suit, brought by Michael Baigent and Richard Leigh to the tune of nearly $20 million, could potentially have a broader impact than simply costing Brown some money. According to copyright lawyers, if the suit is successful, Baigent and Leigh could "seek an order blocking further infringement of their copyright," thus threatening both future sales of Brown's book and the release of Ron Howard's film, a possibility that must have the suits at Sony shaking in their collective boots. Because Brown freely lists Holy Blood as one of the major sources for novel, however, its authors may face an uphill battle in proving plagiarism.

The case is in a London court as we speak, and a decision is expected before the movie's release date.

[via Film Rotation]
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