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Baigent and Leigh -V- Random House Group Limited [2006]

Baigent and Leigh -V- Random House Group Limited [2006]

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Case concerning books written by Michael Baigent and Richard Leigh and alleged plagiarism from the works of Dan Brown
Case concerning books written by Michael Baigent and Richard Leigh and alleged plagiarism from the works of Dan Brown

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 Neutral Citation Number:
[2006] EWHC 719 (Ch)
Case No: HC04C03092
IN THE HIGH COURT OF JUSTICECHANCERY DIVISION
Royal Courts of JusticeStrand, London, WC2A 2LLDate: 07/04/2006
Before
:
MR JUSTICE PETER SMITH
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -Between :
(1)Michael Baigent(2)Richard Leigh
Claimants
- and -The Random House Group Limited
Defendant- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Mr Jonathan Rayner James QC and Mr Andrew Norris
(instructed by
Orchard Brayton GrahamLLP
) for the
ClaimantsMr John Baldwin QC and Mr James Abrahams
(instructed by
Arnold & Porter (UK) LLP
) for the
Defendant
Hearing dates: 27th, 28th February, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 13th, 14th, 15th, 17th and 20th March 2006
 
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Judgment
INDEX
A SETTING THE SCENE
1 Introduction2 The Claimants3 Writing and Publication of HBHG4 The Mystery
B HOLY BLOOD HOLY GRAIL
5 Analysis of HBHG6 A Central Theme
 
C DAN BROWN AND THE DA VINCI CODE
7 Dan Brown8 Researching and writing DVC9 Analysis of DVC
D THE CLAIM
10 Complaints by Claimants11 Proceedings12 Defendants Seek Clarification13 Lewison J Order 14 Changes in Pleadings
E CENTRAL THEME
15 Changes16 Significance of Central Theme17 Treatment of Central Theme
F DEFENDANTS STANCE
18 Defence19 The VSS
G LEGAL MATTERS
20 Outline21 Sawkins22 Copying a Substantial Part of HBHG23 IPC Media24 Green v Broadcasting Corporation25 Authorities in Non Textual Infringement Cases
 
26 Ravenscroft27 Designers Guild
H APPLICATIONS OF LEGAL PRINCIPLES TO THE FACTS
28 The Defendants Contentions29 The Synopsis30 Use of Books in Writing The Synopsis31 Criticism of Dan Brown on Books Available when Synopsis written32 Absence of Blythe Brown from the Trial33 Use of HBHG by Blythe Brown/Dan Brown
 
I THE CENTRAL THEMES AND ANALYSIS
34 General Observations35 Non Protection for Ideas and Facts alone36 Baigent on Central Themes37 Destruction of Baigent’s Evidence38 Change of Course by the Claimants39 Claimants Closing on Central Themes40 Claimants Difficulties of Formulation
J CONCLUSION ON CENTRAL THEMES
 41 Reason for rejecting Central Themes42 The Task of Analysis43 Central Themes, What are they?44 Natural Chronological Order 45 False Creation46 Conclusion on Rejection of Central Themes
K INDIVIDUAL POINTS ON CENTRAL THEMES
47 Use of HBHG48 Central Theme 149 Central Theme 250 Central Theme 351 Central Theme 452 Central Theme 553 Central Theme 654 Central Theme 755 Central Theme 856 Central Theme 957 Central Theme 1058 Central Theme 1159 Central Theme 1260 Central Theme 1361 Central Theme 1462 Central Theme 15
L
 
CENTRAL THEME IN DVCMLANGUAGE COPYINGNREFERENCES TO HBHG IN SOURCES USED

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