Friday, April 28, 2006

The Judge Code

I thought the recent case where an author of a non-fiction book sued Da Vinci Code author Dan Brown was pretty silly. If your book is supposedly based on real events, how can you copyright the fact that those events took place. If I write a book on WWII can I sue anytime someone mentions Pearl Harbor, on the basis that they must have stolen the idea from me?

In anycase at least the judge involved, who ruled for the defendant, managed to have a sense of humor. He created his own code, embedded in the ruling in the form of italicized letters. Alas, it was not too difficult, as it has already been cracked.

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