A British judge this morning announced his decision in the month-long plagiarism case that pitted The Da Vinci Code author Dan Brown and his publishing company, Random House, against the authors of The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail, who claimed Brown had dishonestly used their book as much more than a simple source. According to the statement by Judge Peter Smith, however, they were mistaken: "The plaintiffs' case has failed...Dan Brown has not infringed copyright. None of this amounts to copying The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail."

And, as they say, there was much rejoicing, both at Random House, which can continue to print copies of the book and make money hand-over-fist, and at Sony Pictures, which will be able to release the film as scheduled. Whew.
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